One of the things that drivers dread the most besides meeting a road accident or encountering a ghost while driving alone at night are car repairs. A visit to the car repair shop more often than not is as costly as a visit to the dentist or even more than a fancy dinner at a nice restaurant. Most often, car repairs leave your wallets empty. However, costly repairs can be avoided if you take the preventive steps that will keep your cars in the best condition possible.
The first thing to do is to follow the maintenance schedule as outlined in your owner’s manual. The best one is always that recommended by the manufacturer and if you fail to follow those guidelines, your warranty may be voided for future repairs. You should always be sure to change fluids, filters and spark plugs as the car’s manufacturer recommends. Keep a schedule of these maintenance trips on your garage or on your Smartphone to avoid missing an appointment. Free regular check-ups on your units are one of the benefits of car leasing that you may want to consider.
It is also advisable to upgrade your motor oil to a high performance synthetic oil, which can help to prevent certain problems and can also improve your car’s performance. You can ask your car specialist for tips and advices on what motor oil brand would work well with your vehicles.
Keeping your tires properly inflated is also a must. This is very important because tires with too little air or too much can both result to excessive wear or may cause a blow-out. Every visit to the gas shop can be your reminder in checking your tire pressure. This may seem like a lot but keeping your tires in the best shape possible saves your money from having to buy a new tire earlier that you should be, plus it keeps you safe.
Checking unusual noises on your car is also a must. Check with your owner’s manual for information. Quite often, noises are perfectly normal and there is no need for concern. Your owner’s manual will let you know whether or not a visit to the car repair shop is necessary.
If a repair is indeed necessary, it is advisable to go to a reputable company. Ask colleagues for recommendations so that you will have a better idea on the services and prices these repair shops offer.
When it comes time to begin the repairs, get an estimate in writing. A quality repair shop will be able to provide this information and should also be able to assure you that the repairs will not exceed 10% of a specific dollar amount as outlined in the estimate.
Following these tips helps you keep your cars in good running condition and saves you the hassles and expenses that comes with a visit to the car repair shop.