Here are five commonly-made mistakes to avoid. Doing so will save you loads of money and ensure that your car has a long, healthy and happy life.
Stan Markuze is the founder of PartMyRide, the online marketplace for used auto parts.
1. Putting Off An Oil Change
While oil technology has improved drastically over the past couple of decades, it's still important to change your oil as recommended by your car's manufacturer.
Motor oil gradually breaks down as it is circulated through your engine. After a certain number of miles, the oil doesn't provide adequate lubrication, causing your engine to wear out prematurely. A new or rebuilt engine can cost you thousands of dollars.
2. Changing Tires Without An AlignmentAn alignment ensures that the wheels of your car are positioned properly on the road. When a car is out of alignment, the tires wear out prematurely or in places where they're not supposed to wear.
When you change your tires, always opt for the $75 alignment. Otherwise you could find yourself spending hundreds on a new set of tires.