First and foremost, find the right auto repair shop. Reputable, trust worthy, reliable and honest. Never base your opinion on which auto repair shop to go to by price or at least price alone. Don’t wait for breakdown to happen. Find the right mechanic first so you can give the shop a trial run before that breakdown.
1. Selecting an auto repair shop (mechanic shop) because they’re “the cheapest option”:
Of course, saving money is optimal in all spending situations, but choosing an auto repair shop simply because they are cheap could actually cost you more in the long run. When you selecting an auto repair shop (mechanic shop), you want to look at their credentials rather than their prices. Finding an AAA approved and BBB Approved is your best bet. You’ll thank yourself later.
2. Don’t rely on DIY solutions for automotive repairs:
Regardless of whether or not your car is new or old, you should never conduct DIY repairs–this includes using YouTube videos to guide you through common auto repairs. Although automotive repairs can be pricey, you’ll be receiving high-quality work that’s long-lasting and efficient rather than a faulty ‘quick-fix’.
3. Don’t ever ignore service lights:
If any of the lights on your dashboard turn on, be it tire pressure, check engine, maintenance required, battery, etc.– never ignore it! These lights are sensor-specific, therefore, if one of them turns on, it's time to visit your local automotive repair shop. Ignoring these lights can cause severe, long-term damage to your vehicle. Not to mention, you could be putting yourself at risk when driving. If a light turns on, it’s time to take it to an auto mechanic.
1. Do get a regular oil change:
A great way to keep your car running at its greatest (and longest) potential is by taking it in for regular oil changes. Typically, auto repair shops (mechanic shops) need to be taken in every 3,000 miles for an oil change. By receiving regular oil changes, you will be increasing your car’s engine life and reducing its susceptibility to damage.
2. Do get the filters changed when necessary:
Changing your air filters are a great way to keep your car running efficiently. Not to mention changing your air filters regularly, will reduce car emissions and help the environment. Plus, you know the air you breathe in your car is clean.
3. Do rotate your tires:
Whether you have long or short commute, it's important to rotate the tires. Rotating your tires can help to extend the life of your tires and balances out the weight that’s placed on each tire–allowing for the tread to wear at an even pace.
If you need help with any of the Do's and Don'ts on this list, Universal Tire and Auto is at your service. You can give us a call at (407) 636-4033 or click here.