If you clicked into this article for investing advice on car-related companies, I have some good news for you and some bad news. First, the bad. I'm here to give you some tips on how to save money on your car, not how to make money on cars. But the good news is that we do have a lot of great info on car-related firms such as Pep Boys (NYSE:PBY), AutoZone (NYSE:AZO), Advance Auto Parts (NYSE:AAP), General Motors (NYSE:GM), Toyota (NYSE:TM), and Ford (NYSE:F). Check out these enlightening articles:

Back to saving money. April magazines are out on newsstands right now, and that means that car buyers can snap up a copy of Consumer Reports' annual car-buying issue, chock-full of detailed ratings of just about every car available. If you're in the market for a new set of wheels, grab a copy of this issue.

The issue also features some tips on how to save money when maintaining your beloved set of wheels. For example:

It's definitely worth it to take the time to find a mechanic you trust. Ask family and friends for recommendations, and check them out by taking your vehicle in for small jobs to get a sense of how you and your ride are treated.

And as we finally head into spring, here are some more time-sensitive tips from the Canadian Automobile Association:

What advice can you offer? Share your thoughts on our Buying and Maintaining a Car discussion board. Or just pop in to see what others are saying. (We're offering a free 30-day trial of our entire discussion board community right now.)

You'll find more money-saving tips and guidance at our Buying a Car area.

Longtime Fool contributor Selena Maranjian does not own shares of any companies mentioned in this article.