What is the Key to Car Repair?
Nearly 12.8 million cars sold in the U.S. last year, and most people who made those purchases know that having a car is a lot like having a baby — it’s a lot of work. If you have a used car especially you are likely to be in and out of the automotive repair shop on a regular basis.
The secret about car repair is the same as for your own health: practicing regular maintenance is the only sure fire way that you will avoid making a lot of costly repairs on your car.
Indeed, car breakdowns really can be avoided by periodically checking vehicle belts and hoses and replacing them when worn. At least one belt was reported as unsatisfactory in nearly one-fifth of the vehicles inspected (19 percent) and 17 percent of the vehicles required at least one new hose.
Getting a transmission checkup and other maintenance services can ward off big car repair bills for a long time. Developing a relationship with your auto repair and transmission repair providers is highly recommended, so that you have people you can trust with your vehicle.
Taking care of your car means taking care of every aspect of your car, including the tires. A tire rotation should generally be done every 7,500 miles, or as often as the car manufacturer recommends. You should constantly be taking care to check the tire pressure on your wheels. A good practice is to walk around your car once before you start driving to note if anything looks different at all.
Neglecting vehicles costs the economy over $2 billion each year — don’t let your car repair bill be a part of the problem. Invest in preventative car care today.