Grab another binder because today I’m going to show you how to organize your auto records. If you’ve been following along on this little organization adventure, you can probably predict what’s going to come next. Yep, it’s another printable binder cover to match all the other ones that I’ve shared.
Slip it into your binder, and we’ll get on to the nitty gritty of sorting papers.
Before I decided to give our filing system an overhaul, we just had a file folder that we tucked all of our car stuff into. That was an okay strategy, but it certainly wasn’t great. I pulled everything out of the folder to see what we had, sorted it all into piles, and before long I had some clear categories in mind. Here’s what I settled on:
- Purchase Info
- Vehicle Specs
And now a look at what I tucked in each of those sections …
Purchase Info – This section includes a copy of the sales listing, the temporary tag (which shows the original mileage), the CarFax report, the buyer’s guide and the purchase agreement.
Warranty – I stuck a copy of the warranty here for reference.
Repairs/Maintenance – I started this section with a car repair/maintenance log. It includes a complete history of all the work that’s been done on our car – including all work done by the previous owner. If you’d like to use my log, you’ll find it posted over on thebalance.com.
Behind the log, I stuck copies of all past work orders.
Receipts – This section includes receipts for any work that we’ve hired someone else to do, as well as any receipts stemming from repairs and maintenance work that we’ve tackled ourselves.
Vehicle Specs – This section is still a work in progress, but I plan to list the sizes and part numbers for any equipment that has to be replaced on a regular basis. Some things I’ll include: the tire size, wiper blade size, bulb types (headlight, turn signal and brake), oil type, oil filter size, air filter size, battery size, spark plug size, coolant type, brake fluid type and the proper tire inflation
Other Things You May Want to Include in Your Auto Records:
- A copy of your driving records
- Accident photos (before and after repair)
- A copy of your owner’s manual
- A copy of your insurance policy
- A copy of any roadside assistance contracts that you hold
Need help getting your filing cabinet under control? Stick with me, and you’ll have a complete binder system by the time we’re done. Here are the steps that I’ve shared already:
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