So I just moved to a new area for Med School (New Haven, CT) and I am new to the car maintenance thing (My dad usually does it for me). Money is tight on my end. I have never had a mechanic before… I know how to do my own oil changes… pretty much that is it… I would want to learn more to maintain my car myself without a mechanic.
But in the event I would need a Mechanic, any tips on finding a good one that won’t add on non-essential items to the repair list?
What kind of things should I be doing to maintain my car ('97 Camry, 180kmiles)? Which is easy to do myself (like an oil change every 3k miles) and which should I have a professional do it?