Most of us take for granted that when we get into our car, it starts with no problem and gets us from point A to point B, until it doesn't. Keeping a car running may be easier than you think, and it may save you money in the long run by avoiding costly repairs. Follow these tips to keep your car running.
If you are in the market for a new car, or a used vehicle, shop smart by checking out reviews online. Visit reputable auto sites that detail the pros and cons of vehicles. Consider your needs as a car buyer and determine what you can live with or without, as far as the pros and cons.
Make your trips count
Whether you have owned your vehicle for a while or are buying a newer one, make your trips count by limiting small trips. The constant "stop and go" will take a toll on your vehicle. Of course, you cannot always avoid this type of driving but try to make your trips count by mapping out your stops before you leave, as to avoid backtracking or unnecessary repeat visits to a store. If you commute to and from work, run errands on your way home, you are already driving by the stores any ways.
It can be hard to resist feeling the horsepower under your foot by gunning the gas pedal, but please refrain from doing this as often as possible. Sometimes your need to jump ahead of traffic as you merge but in most cases, try driving your vehicle gently, don’t stomp on the gas pedal every time you take off from a stop, and slow down with ease instead of pounding the breaks to a halt.
Perform regular maintenance
Always perform routine maintenance on time and as recommended by the manufacturer. We know, this can sometimes feel like a waste of money and time, but it can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the long run. Also, be sure that you pay attention to any warning lights or check engine lights that may be alerting you to a problem.
Don’t ignore the problem
If your vehicle does show signs of a problem, don't ignore it. Find a reputable mechanic that you can trust and have it looked at as soon as the problem arises. Continuing to drive your vehicle with a known problem could end up damaging more components, which will only cost more in repairs.
PWC of East Tennessee offers 24/7 towing and recovery services, as well as repairs to vehicles of all types including personal vehicles, semi-trucks, tankers, and more. If you find yourself stranded on the side of the highway, contact PWC at (423) 247-2700. PWC serves Kingsport, Church Hill, and Johnson City, Tennessee.