Don’t make these costly repair mistakes

Are you doing everything you can to extend the life of your vehicle? According to, many people aren’t. At all. They’ve come up with a helpful list of expensive auto service and repair mistakes to avoid. Among them:

  • Driving on fumes. Unlike the vehicles of yesteryear, most of the ones on the road today have fuel-injected engines with pumps that don’t take kindly to running on fumes. A pump repair could cost hundreds of dollars.
  • Neglecting your belts and hoses. They should be inspected every 30,000 miles, or every two years.
  • Failing to properly communicate your repair issue. Keep a log of your vehicle’s symptoms and share them with your mechanic.This could prevent the auto shop from having to spend extra time diagnosing the problem.
  • Not asking for your parts back. If a part needs replacing, always ask for your old one to be returned to you in the box.
  • Ignoring noises. Sqealing, grinding, clicking, knocking: These sounds won’t just go away on their own. Ignoring them could lead to expensive damage.