While nearly everyone has a car these days, very few people know very much about them. They are an absolute necessity for most people as the world has gotten larger, and you must be able to travel if you are going to have any real success in life personally or professionally. There are some people who go through their whole life without ever having driven, but even those people have been inside of a car going somewhere at some point in their life.
In an industrialized country like the United States cars have been a vital tool for everything from social/economic status to a place to live and a source of income for others. There is a car for everyone out there, and there are things that everybody needs to know about their car.
Keep It On The Road
New cars come with warranties that help cover the costs of significant damage when something goes wrong. While warranties do vary from one manufacturer to another, they tend to be intrinsically the same. What you may not know is that just because you did not buy your car new does not mean you do not have any warranty.
If you want to keep your car on the road without spending all your money, take a look into the specific manufacturer’s warranty. While the original owner may get the full 100,000 mile coverage, the second owner may still qualify for drive line coverage up to sixty thousand miles for the first two years.
The details will vary from car to car, but a simple phone call to a dealership will get this question answered. The best advice is to assume nothing. Look at the paperwork and see if you can buy the extended coverage through a transfer with the previous owner and sustain the warranty for the better terms. You may just be surprised!
Your Car Wants Your Attention
While cars are not human beings, they are in need of your undivided attention sometimes. If you happen to be a person who does not drive very much, it is a good idea to take your car out of the garage at least once a month if not more frequently. Allowing your car to set with the fluids remaining stagnant can cause problems. There are a lot of rubber seals and other parts that need to be lubricated on a regular basis that only happens when the car is running and in motion. The more a car sits, the harder the seals get as they dry up, and the leaks will begin next time you take it out if you wait too long.
Give your car positive attention on a regular basis. The oil changes and services should happen as recommended by the owner manual, and you should invest personally in the condition of your car. Driver’s who allow their windows and mirrors to be covered in dirt are putting themselves in a position to be the negligent cause of an accident.
When you wash your car, it gives you an opportunity to inspect it and identify any potential areas that need more attention. If you do wash your car and don’t find anything wrong that isn’t so bad is it? Worst case scenario you have a nice clean ride. One note here, when you wash your car you should be careful, not to overspray the brakes. Water can cause crystallization when they get heated and result in lost stopping power.
From the Inside Out
Get to know your car forwards and backwards, and from the inside out. Learn what all of the indicators mean and how to use the controls properly. A failure to understand a warning light can be fatal if you do not have it checked out soon enough. When you have a brake problem the computer is not likely to shut off your car but it will throw out a warning light in most cases. Be sure to know these warnings.
Nearly every car sold in America has a computer that monitors the performance of the engine. The same computer can be programmed to give you more horsepower, higher speed limits, different transmission configurations, and better fuel economy. The aftermarket suppliers can sell you modified computer chips in combination with other parts to give your engine the tune up of a lifetime. With a little research and asking the right question you can have a new car without the payments just by seeing the right mechanic.
For sure, you don’t have the equipment for everything, and for matters you can’t handle on your own, you can turn to.