5 Ways to Boost Your Car Knowledge

Posted by Ben Davidson about 2 months ago

Are you a novice when it comes to cars? Do you struggle to tell your catalytic converter from your eagle connecting rods? Do you wish you knew more about the wide and wonderful world of automobiles?


Then don’t panic. There are many people who wish to boost their motoring knowledge and get a more in-depth understanding of the car they are driving. Perhaps you’d like to be able to perform your own repairs or tell a good deal from a bad one next time you visit the mechanic. Or maybe you’d just like to be able to chat confidently about cars over a few beers with your friends in the pub. Whatever your motivation, there is a wealth of information out there to help you. From websites, books, TV shows, to industry experts, there has never been an easier time to upgrade your knowledge and become an expert in the complicated subject of cars.


To get you started, here are five great ways to boost your car knowledge. 

Watch TV shows

For the uninitiated, the easiest way to start delving into the world of automobiles is to watch relevant TV shows. Programs like Top Gear or The Grand Tour provide an accessible and amusing watch, containing plenty of factual information while still offering significant entertainment to those who know absolutely nothing about cars. It will give you a good headstart into the subject, allowing you to move on to shows more targeted to gearheads like Wheeler Dealers and Pimp My Ride. These shows involve modifying or fixing cars and will give you a much more in-depth look under the bonnet and help you understand what makes them run.

Visit your library

A library is a vast compendium of knowledge, containing hordes of information on almost any topic you can think of. Simply take a visit to your local library or bookstore and browse the automotive section. You are bound to find a huge selection of car-related literature targeted towards novices. 

Browse forums

The internet is full of car lovers, and all it takes is a quick search to find endless message boards and forums relating to all aspects of motoring. There will be forums for general car chat, specific makes and models, modifications and repairs, and any other queries you might have. Read through the threads in search of information or if you're feeling brave, create a profile and get involved in discussions.

Watch YouTube

When you want to learn any new skills or information, YouTube is your best friend. The video-sharing platform is packed with maintenance tutorials, car reviews, news, press releases, and driving tips targeted at gearheads and amateurs alike. 

Attend car meetups

Once you start to get a little more confident, it could be well worth attending a local car meetup. It’s one thing to read books and watch videos, but nothing can ever match talking to real-life experts and car enthusiasts. You will come home with a wealth of new knowledge and contacts who can help you in your quest to become a car connoisseur.


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