5 preventive measures to never see a mechanic ever again

By Oluwaseun Adeniji
Publish on July 20, 2019

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Many people are negligent of their car and always resort to mechanics when things are not right with their cars. Don't be one of them, read this post instead.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't always have to go straight to the mechanic should anything happen to your car. Some people not only do just that but that keep going back even when their mechanic fails them. That might sound ironic but it all derives from the false belief we mentioned at the beginning.

With that said, below are some preventive measures in car maintenance that you can take almost immediately to tackle this issue and narrow down the times you need to visit your mechanic 

1. Read the manual

I used to think this must be obvious to any car owner, but the fact suggests otherwise. Most people don't bother looking at the manual, partly because they think very lightly of it and mostly because they were too eager to test drive the blinky and newly-bought car without thinking about reading anything well, only to find themselves scrapping through the Internet months later when something wrong happens.

Should they know that more than 80 percent of the problems they might experience is already in the manual, all they need to do is take a look. Also, the guidance on how to maintain the car is already in there, including when to change the oil, what is the proper tire pressure, which type of tire to use...etc.

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This small document is more powerful than you would think

2. Don't use rubbish car parts

Many drivers think they would save a lot of money by using second hand car parts. Well, it appears so when they put down the money, but things will be different in the future as the defects will manifest itself into the whole system and before you know, the whole thing breaks down, especially if you've done this before. So remember to always by brand new equipment for your own good.

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3. Resort to online forums

Car communities consist of 90 percent adults, and they're relatively open compared to other communities of teenagers and kids. In other words, you can ask a random question and get a detailed answer within hours or even minutes if you'are lucky, for example, Naijauto.com.

Not only you learn a lot by asking experienced drivers and mechanics online, but you could also have more knowledge on your side. Should you have to drive your car to an auto shop because of a major defect, that knowledge will make you a better negotiator and in some case even educate your mechanic on part of the issue.

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You can go to reliable car websites to find solutions for your issues

4. Be more attentive

If you take care of your car every day or week, keep track of its every minor issue and a maintenance record with you, chances are you would significantly prolong the period between the last and the next time you see your mechanic.

Too many people neglect subtle and even obvious sign like engine light, crack sounds or odd feel when they jam the pedal, and so when the compound effect become too obvious to ignore, they take their car to the mechanic and come back home with a huge bill and a way lighter wallet.

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5. Why should I trust the things you just said?

First of all, what the manufacturer wrote in the manual is part of their reputation. Much as they want to sell you new cars, they can't put false information about car maintenance in the manual, so you know that's one reliable piece of document. Second, online forums. Those people there have little to none motive to harm your car and you could always look for many advice before coming to conclusion, no one forces you to do anything, just bring your reading comprehension and critical thinking with you.

>>> Start the steps right now with Car care advices on Naijauto.com!

Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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