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Having Spare Car Parts on Hand is a Wise Move

When you own a car, it is always a good idea to have a few spare car parts available for emergencies. Having a few things at hand can be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major headache.

Being Ready for the Unexpected

Owing a car can be a joy, but it is also a big responsibility. There are things like auto insurance, petrol, oil changes and general maintenance. Having your car ready to face the unexpected is also part of being a responsible owner. Many times, it is the ‘small’ things that go wrong with our cars. Finding car parts in an emergency is easy if you already have them on hand.

What to Keep in Your Car

Although most of these aren’t actual car parts, here are a few things to keep in your car that can help prevent you from being stuck at the side of the road waiting for the tow service.

  • A can of instant flat tire fixer
  • A portable air compressor
  • Emergency flares
  • A pair of panty hose or extra fan belts
  • Extra windshield wiper blades
  • Crow bar
  • Car jack
  • Various wrenches and several screw drivers
  • Torch
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Emergency rain poncho
  • Rags and hand cleaner

In addition to these things, it is a good idea to have an extra car key where you can locate it in a magnetic box attached to the car, or in a place that someone can bring it to you.

Where to Get Your Supplies

Most of these car tools and accessories can be found at any auto parts store. National chains such as A1 Motor Stores/Ace Auto Care can provide most of the supplies you need. It never hurts to have an additional quart or two of motor oil at home either. Having these spare car parts on hand can have you on the road again in no time.

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