Many car owners often complain about how much it costs to maintain their vehicle. But that’s part of car ownership; neglecting basic vehicle maintenance can lead to more expensive repairs or an early trip to the junkyard.
Here are some pointers you’d do well to follow if you want to avoid pricey solutions and regrets.
Don’t DIY repairs if you don’t have the knowledge
It’s tempting to try car repairs if you want to save money, but if that’s your only reason you might aggravate whatever it is you’re repairing. For every car guy who becomes adept at repairing their vehicle, there are a dozen people who realize their knowledge is sorely lacking. If you want to learn how to repair your car, you should do some research and watch your mechanic in action. Practice on an older vehicle or take up an apprenticeship with a licensed mechanic. For now, trust professionals to do the work but keep learning.
Avoid altering your vehicle’s components
There is a huge aftermarket for custom and other components for vehicles. The reason for this market’s growth is, of course, the high demand. From wheels to cables, there is no shortage of accessories for just about any make and model. This is for those with a penchant for customization, however. If you have no experience at all, or if you hardly have any time to wash your car, customization may not be for you.
Your car comes with all the components to keep it performing according to its manufacturer’s standards. Altering it can void your warranty and make your car less fun and less safe to drive. If you make any mistakes and want to put it back in condition, you may have to spend more money to put it back the way it was.
Change your car’s oil
Motor oil is designed to keep your vehicle functioning well. It takes away the heat that builds up in the engine block. If your motor oil is past its life, it can damage your engine quickly. You can learn to do this by yourself, using your vehicle’s specified motor oil type, viscosity, and oil filters.
When you change your oil, it is important that you change your oil filter as well as the crush washer on your oil pan’s drain plug. Before doing an oil change, watch a professional at work several times.
Maintaining your car is part of the cost of ownership. Make sure to keep your car in good condition, or you may not be able to avoid more expensive fixes.