Car Care Mistakes That Can Cost You More in the Long Run

Car Care Mistakes That Can Cost You More in the Long Run

Author: Linda/Wednesday, August 26, 2015/Categories: Info

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Cars and car repairs can be expensive. You need a good and reliable automobile to help you move around, which means that you need to take good care of your car to enjoy many years of trouble-free service and save money. Fortunately, some repairs and expenses can be easily avoided with proper maintenance. 

Here are some of the most common costly car mistakes to avoid:

1. Ignoring the check engine light 

It is easy to ignore the CEL especially when it comes on but your car seems to be operating normally. So you decide to investigate the problem later, but keep putting it off until the day your car breaks down. While it can be difficult to find the time to get your vehicle inspected by a mechanic when the check engine light comes on, getting it seen as soon as possible could save you a lot of money in the long run. 

2. Failing to check tire pressure 

Many drivers often rely on the looks of the tires to determine if the air pressure is okay, but looks can be deceiving. Tires could be low on air even when they appear to be properly inflated. While the tire may not blow out, low tire pressure can lead to poor fuel economy. Pot holes and changes in ambient temperature affect tire pressure; so it is important that you check it regularly. 

3. Neglecting fluid checks 

Besides motor oil, there are many other fluids in a car that need to be checked, topped off, or exchanged as recommended by the manufacturer. Checking and servicing the transmission fluid, brake fluid, engine coolant, and power steering fluid - as required - can help avoid leaks and keep your car operating optimally. 

4. Servicing your own car without the proper knowhow 

Considering that modern cars are very computerized - with sensors to regulate just about every component from fuel injectors to idle speed - any problem that arises is sensed and relayed by activating the check engine light. Even when you have an idea of what the problem could be, you lack the necessary skills, tools, and diagnostic equipment to satisfactorily address the problem. To avoid causing further problems and get the car serviced or repaired properly, it is important that you take it to a professional technician when problems arise. 

5. Opting for low-cost body work 

When your insurance company is not going to pay for your vehicle's body repair, cost-efficiency becomes a major concern, causing you to consider a cheap auto body shop. Unfortunately, this might compromise on the quality of work, and cost you a lot more as you will be forced to keep going back for extra work. Inexpensive collision repair should not entail poor quality service. 

City Collision knows that no driver wants to be in a worse situation than where they are now, and that is why they give only the best car repair service by combining the best equipment with the exceptional expertise. 

In case of any car troubles, bring your car to City Collision for professional auto body repairs. 

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