If you are a car owner, it is pretty likely that you are wasting money on your car in multiple ways. There are several common auto maintenance practices you need to stop doing immediately. For example, few cars actually require premium fuel to perform well. While most cars are quite expensive nowadays, they don’t need pricey stuff like high-performance or luxury cars. Let us find out if you are spending more money than necessary to maintain your car and how to avoid it. Here are 5 Ways You’re Wasting Money on Your Car Part -1
1. To begin with, simply checking your car regularly can save lots of costs on maintenance. One can easily do regular maintenance on their vehicle and avoid damage that could cost more.
2. On the other hand, scheduling regular tune-ups is also overkill. While a regular tune-up is often recommended to car owners, it is not as useful as it used to be. Modern cars are more reliable than older models and the regular tuneup just adds an unnecessary cost/ time. Also, many new cars use onboard computers to constantly monitor performance and report problems.
3. Having said that, you should not ignore dashboard lights. While you might not know the meaning of “check engine” light, if you don’t take care of it in a timely manner it can become a bigger and expensive problem. Your car might keep working fine despite an engine issue until it reaches a breaking point. An easy repair job might be all you need to save money in the long run.
4. Another way you can save your hard-earned money is by following the maintenance recommendations in your owner’s manual for changing the oil (typically between 8,000 and 12,000 km). There is an age-old practice that you need to change your oil every 5,000 km. However, motor oil and cars have become increasingly efficient now. So, unless you are not performing any unusually heavy tasks, you don’t need to change oil frequently.
5. Additionally, using synthetic oil doesn’t necessarily benefit all engines, especially older ones. The man-made lubricant consists of chemically modified materials such as petroleum components. The base material is almost always distilled crude oil. However, the expensive oil doesn’t necessarily make your car function better than the conventional options. Unless you have a high-performance engine, you don’t need to spend the extra on synthetic oil.