How to fix your own car
I do not pay mechanics anymore
So your just driving down the road and you hear a clunk or your car stalls and wont start back up. your first though is how much is this going to cost to get back on the road. Before you take your car to a mechanic and spend hundreds even thousands try to diagnose and fix it yourself. My first suggestion is get yourself AAA. AAA cost about 40.00 per year but if you need 1 tow it pays for itself as a tow can be 200.00 by itself.
Get your car home and you can begin to diagnose it. once you figure out the problem you can decide to fix it yourself or take it to a mechanic but even a mechanic will be cheaper if you already know what the problem is because your not getting charged 65 per hr for a diagnoses.
Now How to Diagnose a car....
How to diagnose you car
Now its time to diagnose you vehicle. You will want to go on Google and start by describing your problems you will get a lot of results and not everyone on there is and expert so get yourself a pen and paper and write down all of the different things it could be if you see something more then once put a check mark next to it. If they say that they are a certified mechanic put a note next to there suggestion so you can put them into some sort of priority. If you cannot find any information you can ask someone on a car forum or yahoo answers is good also.
So now you have a list of what it could be and they should be in order of the most likely to least likely. Now you start the process of elimination.
For example if on of the suggestions said It might be "Spark Plugs" go back on Google and write how to diagnose bad spark plug. and check and see if there bad. If they are change them if not move on to the next thing on your list.