9 Ways You’re Killing Your Car Without Realizing It

Skipping the Car Wash


 

Most car owners think of washing their car as a vanity thing. If they don’t care about how it looks, why bother washing it? Simple – to preserve resale value. Allowing sediment to build up on your vehicle without a periodic wash will damage the exterior of the car prematurely, and the vehicle may not be worth as much when you decide to sell it. Washing your car won’t do anything for engine performance, but it could mean more dollars in your pocket down the road.

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Letting ‘Joe Mechanic’ Get Under the Hood


 

Would you allow a random person to operate on you without making sure they’re a qualified surgeon? No way. Just the same, you can’t allow just anybody to work under the hood of your car or truck unless you’re sure they know their stuff. Look for ASE certified mechanics and read reviews online prior to agreeing to any service work.

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Ignoring the Warning Lights


 

Those lights are there for a reason! When a light comes on in your dash display, it’s telling you that there has been some sort of problem detected within the vehicle. That problem may be minor, or it could be very serious. Either way, you need to address the issue as quickly as possible. Driving while your warning lights are on could not only cost you money, it could be downright dangerous to yourself and others on the road.

As a society, we tend to take our cars for granted in a lot of ways. We expect them to perform when we need them, without much thought to their care and preservation. If you would like to get a long, healthy useful life from your vehicle, you would be wise to start by learning from the nine mistakes above.

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