Have you ever owned a car that was a complete lemon?
I know I have.
Every time I got something repaired, it seemed like another part went bad. The repairs never ended and it left my wallet completely empty.
As I’ve matured and grown older, I realized that it may have not been the fault of the car, but perhaps I wasn’t maintaining it properly.
If we take the time to keep our car running smoothly, it will most likely continue to run well and allow us to save our money, rather than spend it on preventable repairs.
Car Maintenance Tip #1: Watch the Oil
Did you know that many vehicles today don’t really need an oil change every 3,000 miles? Many of the newer ones can go 7,500 miles before they really need a new filter.
However, how many of us regularly check our oil? If I asked you how many quarts of oil were left in your car at this very moment, how many of you would have any idea?
In fact, some of you might not even know how many quarts of oil your car can hold. Oil is the lifeblood of your motor.
If you unknowingly let the oil drain out of your car, your engine will soon be destroyed, leaving you on the side of the road with a very large repair bill coming at you in your near future.
Car Maintenance Tip #2: Check Your Transmission Fluid
Another important part of our car is the transmission. If the transmission begins to break down, we may lose the ability to shift our car into reverse.
Soon, all of the gears begin to go out, which means that we won’t be able to get anywhere without getting out of our car and walking.
It’s incredibly important to check your transmission fluid, both to make sure that you have enough, and to be certain it’s clean.
If you see metal shavings in your fluid, or if it’s a dark cloudy color, you should take it into your mechanic immediately for a flush.
If you do not, you’ll likely lose your gears and need to pay for a new transmission. This can cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000.
Car Maintenance Tip #3: Pay Attention to the Dash Lights
Today, there are many dash lights that can warn you of various things. Be sure that you research the problem when you see one of those lights go on.
If, instead of taking your car in to resolve the minor issue, you’ll most likely face an even larger issue in the future, which can only mean major dollars.
Car Maintenance Tip #4: Rotate Your Tires
Tires are quite expensive. Just for a full set of regular, non-branded tires, you could be spending more than $600. If you have a nicer vehicle, you could easily get a bill for over $1,000.
Want to make your tires last a little longer?
Take them into the shop to get rotated at least twice a year. This will allow each tire to get worn more evenly, which will allow them to last longer and therefore save you money!
Follow these preventative steps and you’ll keep more of that money in your pocket, rather than in the hands of any mechanic.