Owning a car is a dream for many but if you don’t know how to take care of it, it can turn into a nightmare! Continuous maintenance of your car can keep you from spending a fortune on repairs, but even some experienced car owners might not know how to properly take care of their car!
Here are 7 ways you might be harming your car, and also your wallet!
- Neglecting the service schedule: Many car parts and components have a certain lifespan and wear out or become damaged over time. Therefore are the routinely inspections and timely repairs very important as it will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.
- Not changing fluids and filters: It is very important to check and change fluids and filters regularly as many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Keeping this up to date will not only help you vehicle run good but it also extends the vehicle life.
- Ignoring the “warning” lights: You might think the warning are annoying when they are going on, but ignoring for example an illuminated “check engine” light can result in serious engine problems and costly repairs. The warning lights are there for a reason and you should not ignore them before a trusted mechanic has had a look at your car.
- Not checking your tires: Your tires are a very important part of your vehicle and they should be checked regularly. Underinflated tires can for example wear out more quickly, then they need to be replaced much sooner, and it can negatively impact your safety, gas mileage and the overall performance.
- Keeping a dirty car: You may think having a dirty car is only bad for the looks but this is not all true! Letting your car stay dirty for too long leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, this increases the possibility of rust but also interferes with proper visibility which will impact your safety when driving.
- You are driving on worn shock absorbers: Your shock absorbers perform a number of essential duties critical to the well-being of your car. They provide comfort by absorbing the bumps and holes in a road’s surface. On Curacaos roads they need to work even harder and worn-out shocks put extra stress on all your car’s suspension elements, causing them to wear out faster and this can also cause other damages to your car.
- Not having a proper insurance: When the accident is there and you don’t have a proper cover you can be left with a broken car and the big bill. Make sure not to kill your car by being penny foolish when choosing an insurance cover!