Are You Killing Your Car?
Owning a car can be both a dream and a nightmare, depending on how well you take care of your vehicle. Many car owners practice simple car maintenance, but are they secretly killing their car? We understand car care isn’t always a top priority, you may not even realize you’re doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of your car. Just remember, routine maintenance can go a long way towards saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment.
Below we’ll explain 6 things car owners do that harm both their car and their wallet:
Ignoring the Check Engine Light
Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.
Failing to Change Fluids and Filters
Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.
Neglecting Your Tires
Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Under-inflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.
Not Following the Service Schedule
Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
Keeping a Dirty Car
Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.
Being a Severe Driver
Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.
We hope you found this post helpful! Remember, proper vehicle maintenance will ensure your car runs smooth. If your vehicle hasn’t been serviced in some time, and you need it transported to a new destination for repairs, contact us at Auto Transport 123!