Did you know there are studies which show that 50-60% of car and truck owners report spending between $480 to $2100 every year on auto repairs and regular maintenance? That’s outrageous! Sure, there some unfortunate circumstances that can cause this—but more than half the population should not be reporting these types of figures as the “norm.”
At Preferred Automotive right here in Rockville, MD,auto repair our team is always looking for ways to help our fellow vehicle owners save their hard-earned money and keep their vehicles running smoothly. So, our professionals have put together a short list of easy tips so you can avoid costly auto repair mistakes.
Mistake #1: Neglecting your tires = uneven front to rear tread
Periodic tire rotations are very important. Without, tires can become unevenly worn and cause all sorts of issues. Most importantly, you want your tires to last as long as possible (because replacements are not cheap!). Further, regularly rotated tires help your vehicle to maintain traction—which is especially important during our winter months when the roads are slick with ice and snow.
Mistake #2: Waiting too long for an oil change
Over time, dirt and debris in your motor oil can cause corrosion and shorten the life of your vehicle’s engine. Routine oil changes and filter replacements keep this dirt and debris to a minimum so your car or truck can last longer and run more efficiently. When you neglect to have the oil changed, the engine becomes too hot. This can cause various components to wear out or to warp and will eventually cause your engine to die and need replacement. That is an expensive problem to have!
Mistake #3: Communicating your repair issue incorrectly
Don’t worry, a good technician is well trained on how to decipher regular, non-mechanic speak for vehicle troubles. But, when describing a problem with your vehicle, take good care in making mental notes about the details:
- When does it happen?
- What does it sound like (if applicable, compare the sound to a similar sound you know)?
- Does it have a smell (gasoline smell, perhaps)?
- Mitigating factors, such as temperature-related (if you notice a certain issue when it’s hot/cold), upon start-up, after driving a long distance, while braking, etc.
Again, you don’t have to be an expert or know the location of the issue—but the more description you can provide, the better!
Mistake #4: Driving on “E”
DON’T DO THIS. When your fuel gauge comes on, you have less gas in your tank than you think you do. Running on fumes is not only a bad idea—it’s a risky one. Nevermind the fact that you could end up stranded and embarrassed on the side of a road somewhere or that you could be ticketed for stalling based on where you run out. You are risking serious damage to your vehicle! The fuel pump can actually suck-in dirt and debris from the bottom of the tank, clog it, and force a costly tank replacement.
Follow this advice from Preferred Automotive and you’ll be glad you did! Drive safe!
Preferred Automotive | 12356 Wilkins Ave | Rockville, MD 20852 | 301-881-8530