Cruising with J9: Car stuff every girl needs

2012-01-31 06:52

When it comes to shopping, I have to talk myself into making the trip to the mall. Whether it’s for groceries or clothing, I loathe shopping.

But send me shopping for anything related to cars, and I can spend hours in a Midas store. And don’t even mention Auto Zone or after-market accessory stores such as Autostyle.

My house is filled with car stuff. My living room is cluttered with my original alloy wheels in boxes along with a spare wheel, car parts hidden under the counter and covered with a table cloth.

Thank goodness my mother lives in another province, otherwise she’d probably chuck all my belongings out when I’m not looking.

Since my relationship status has changed, I’ve discovered that I don’t have any tools left in my house.

And that brings me to the important list of goodies every woman should have in her home for her car:
» Everyone should have a set of spanners – you never know when you might need to disconnect your battery or unscrew a tight nut and bolt around the house. Spanner sets are fairly cheap and you can get a set for about R35 from sizes 10 to 17 – these are the most used ones.

» Screwdrivers. Make sure you have a flat and star screwdriver. Not only for your car, but these are needed when you need to change a plug or fix up some loose wires.

» Car shampoo and a sponge – to keep your car as shiny as your home. Keep loose items in a bag in the boot.

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