Friday, April 30, 2010

How To Make a Car Maintenance Binder

Tonight I finally put together a car maintenance binder. I feel like I never know what to do with receipts from tires we replace or any maintenance work that gets done on our cars. I never know if I should file it or keep it in the glove compartment, or what! Usually it just hangs around in some random pile of papers in our house until it's just so old that I throw it away and figure we'll never need it.

However, I know that it is good practice to keep maintenance records for cars for several reasons. So, since binder systems seem to be working out well for me, I started one for the cars. Mine is pretty simple. We have two cars, so I put two page dividers in the binder. Each has the car's model written on the tab. At the top of each page divider, I wrote "Oil Change Log." This way I can just write the date and mileage of each oil change right on the page divider for each car.

I added clear page protectors to the binder so that I can slip any maintenance receipts in right when we get them. I'm also going to keep a photo copy of our registrations and auto insurance in the binder.

That's about it. You could definitely add more, but for us, I think simple is best. I just think it will be helpful to have an easy place to store everything. Plus, whenever we sell our cars (which hopefully won't be for a long time) we will have the maintenance records to give to the new owners!


  1. OK, you get WAY too much stuff done for being a procrastinator! (I really think that is spelled wrong, sorry, late at night here)

    Anyway, love your blog, am amazed at your lists you make monthly and love your ideas!
    I giggled reading your bio as you seem so much like me then....I read your blog, hahahaha, not so much! I am NOT a to-doer, nor an organizer, nor list maker/doer. But, I love thinking I am in my head.
    Can't wait to see what else you do and write about.


  2. Great idea to make a binder, I find they come in handy for all sorts of organization. I'm working on for all the magazine clippings I pull out of home dec mags right now.

  3. Oh, trust me, Liza, I'm a HUGE procrastinator! ha ha... that's the whole reason I started this blog. Trying to force myself to break bad habits :-)