Owning a Car: What Newbies Need to Know

Tips For Preventing And Handling Auto Repairs

by Avery Ellis

When you own a vehicle, it is vital that you do not wait to get repairs done, even if they seem very minor. Car ownership is something that many feel is a necessity, but it does come with a lot of responsibilities. Here are a few tips and hints when it comes to handling and preventing auto repairs.

Hidden Causes of Damage

Sometimes things that you do not even think about can cause extensive damage to your vehicle. One such example is having a lot of additional weight on your ignition key's key chain. The extra weight comes from extra keys and keychains, so make sure you have these on a separate keychain. When you are driving, the additional keys and key chains will pull down on the ignition. It is ideal to have only the ignition key, alarm, and door lock key on one keychain, and then have a separate keychain for all the rest to prevent costly ignition repairs.

Know Dashboard Lights, Etc.

When you purchase your vehicle, you should find a repair manual in the glove box. Your owner's manual will help you learn the basics about your vehicle, including what all the lights on the dashboard mean. You will also find the proper pressure for your tires to be at, the correct oil to be used, and when to have maintenance performed. It is just as much your responsibility as it is the mechanic to make sure the right parts and fluids (including gasoline) are used.

Visiting the Mechanic

When it comes time to taking your car to the mechanic, you will want to have one that you feel comfortable with. However, there are a few things that you can do to make repairing your vehicle easier for the mechanic. The first is to make sure your car is cleaned out. You want to make sure that your trunk is empty, and the floor boards are free of debris. This will help prevent items from being broken or misplaced when the mechanic clears a work area.

In addition to clearing out your car, you should also take your vehicle for a test run after the repairs have been made. If possible, take your vehicle for a spin with a mechanic so you can make sure the problem has been repaired. If you are unable to test run before paying, make sure you drive it around before going home.

Keep Your Vehicle Clean

Finally, make sure your vehicle is kept clean. Dirt, salt, tar, and other debris from the road can cause extensive damage to the paint of your vehicle. In addition, it can cause rust to form, reducing the value of your car. Simply washing your car every week or two will help keep the value of your car and allow you to see better. 

For professional car repair, contact a company such as A Plus Truck And Auto Repair.