*This is a collaborative post
Firstly ,when it comes to cars I am no expert. However when it comes to choosing a car its a good idea to purchase one where spare parts can be easily sourced. If you are getting a car for the first time it's a good idea to know at least some basic maintenance so you don't have to keeping to the garage every time you have an issue.
Checking your tyres
There are a few things you need to do such as checking your cars tyres pressure regularly and checking your tread depth so that you replace tyres when needed. The pressure of your tyres can impact on your fuel economy.
When it comes to checking the engine you will need to check a few things such as the rubber drive belts that loop around various pulleys and oil and coolant levels because if the oil level is too high or low it can cause trouble to your engine.
Keep your interior and exterior looking like new by using decent quality waxes and polishes. Also, let's face it: a clean looking car looks so much nicer too!
When dealing with electrics you must make sure that you disconnect the battery first. If you're unsure how to do this than you will be able find how to online.
Sometimes the bulbs can blow and it is important to replace them. Your car manual should tell you how to get at the indicator bulbs to do this.
Knowing your warning lights
If you know your warning lights you will be able to make sure you sort out any maintenance issues, ASAP!
Looking after the exhaust
The gases from your cars exhaust are poisonous. If your exhaust is leaking than it can allow the dangerous gases to seep into your car which is hazardous for the driver/passengers. It's important that if you have a leaking exhaust that you get it seen to. Trained car exhaust mechanics in Dundee will help you out in Fife Autocentre if you are living/near the area.