Do regular maintenance on your vehicle
Don’t wait for your car to experience problems before you take it to a service station for a routine check. This is a habit you can easily get used to, but this may prove to be very costly in the long run. By having your car evaluated frequently, you’ll have the very minor problems easily monitored and avoid those expensive repairs.
Check the owner’s manual for more recommendations
Follow the suggested maintenance schedule of your manufacturer to prevent the risk of voiding your car’s warranty.
If you don’t anymore have your car’s manual, call your car dealer or download the user guide from the Internet.
Make sure you know what needs to be checked by the mechanic when arriving at an automotive shop
Create your very own checklist of the things that you’d want to be taken care of by your mechanic. It’s a good idea to then cross off the things that your mechanic has checked so you’ll always be on top of what he has done so far.
These are the most common issues that need to be addressed when visiting your mechanic:
The condition of the oil and your car’s oil levels. It’s important that you have your oil changed after running an accumulated 3,000 to 7,000 miles. Your oil filter should likewise be replaced everytime you change your oil.
The state of your brakes and tires. It’s important that you have your tires rotated and balanced to ensure your safety on the road. Brakes and brake pads may also lose its strength over time, thus it should be checked thoroughly as well.
The strength of your valves, belts, and hoses. Make sure you have your valves, belts, and hoses checked more often as they can lead up to other parts being damaged if they’re no longer strong enough. Often, other parts that get affected are more expensive to repair.
Levels of all car liquids. Keep an eye on the levels of your car’s liquids such as the power steering fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer solution.
Evaluate your driving style
Often, you’ll easily understand your car’s behaviour if you know how to assess your style of driving on the road.
For example, driving in residential areas may require a lot of starts and stoppages.” Therefore, there may be a need to change your oil more frequently.
Meanwhile, driving without a lot of “stopping” may lead to better gas mileage and would also be “gentler” for your car. Therefore, it would help to take routes that don’t require a lot of stoppages as much as possible.
Find a trustworthy mechanic and stick to that same person
Not only would you be more comfortable to the mechanic, you’ll also find it easier for new problems to be recognised quickly. With the fact that he’s been performing routine checkups for quite some time with you, he should be able to quickly address problems before they get too complicated. In the long run, it’s also going to save you a lot of money.