Car CareYour car requires proper care and maintenance to keep running like new. It may not last forever, but care will make it last a lot longer. Even when you have to sell a used car, you can get more money (and faster) if the car is in good condition.

Basic maintenance is also a must if you want to keep driving a safe vehicle. Some problems may appear small and negligible at first, but they can eventually get worse or cause more problems that may put you in danger,a1smashrepairs.co.nz explains.

Here are a few examples of what you should not neglect about your vehicle.

The Check Engine Light is On

The check engine light is on your dash for a reason. You might think it’s probably nothing because your car is functioning normally. This is a mistake. The best thing to do when this light comes on is to take your vehicle to a repair shop for checking. Ignoring it for too long might lead to more damages and higher repair bills.

There is a Huge Dent

You’re thinking it’s just the car’s body so you can ignore the dent. Apart from making your car unsightly, a dent affects its aerodynamics. It might also be in a location where it causes stress on other parts of the car: the engine, the tires, the radiator or the electrical. Don’t wait for that dent to cause major problems with the rest of the vehicle. Take your car to Auckland panel beaters and have the dent straightened out.

Your Cooling System Needs a Change

You’ve been using your car for three years and you have yet to do this. Flushing the cooling system once a year is ideal. To prevent corrosion and deposit build-up, use a 50/50 coolant/distilled water mixture in your cooling system. Vehicle engines are always hot when they’re running, so help yours running smoothly and safely with this practice.

The longer you own a car, the more things you have to learn to keep it running. Do not ignore basic maintenance practices. Refer to your vehicle’s manual for recommendations from the manufacturer.