Do you dread bringing your car in for auto service because you’re sick of having expensive car care costs? Typically, your car maintenance bill shouldn’t be excessive if you’re sticking to a routine schedule and also taking note of problems as soon as they arise (and having them remedied in a timely manner). However, there are ways that you can unknowingly jack your car maintenance costs up, and Toyota of Orlando is here to tell you all about them!
Are you unknowingly making your car care costs go up?
Mistake #1: Not taking care of tire maintenance. Your tires take a lot of wear and tear, and they’re one of the most important elements of your car to maintain for both safety and performance reasons. That’s why it’s essential to NOT skip tire rotations and balances, and to replace tires when necessary. If you avoid routine car maintenance for your tires, you’ll have to replace them more often and you’ll also be more prone to blowouts… which means a lot more money leaving your bank account. Have our techs get you on a tire care schedule; they’ll even send you reminders when you’re due to come in.
Mistake #2: Ignoring a routine service schedule. It’s important to keep your tires on a schedule, but it’s equally important to stay on a schedule for other types of Orlando car maintenance like oil changes, fluid checks, brakes, and battery service. These are the most common types of car service and you need to stick to a routine in order to give your car the tools it needs to perform at maximum capacity. If you skip routine service, you can find yourself with worn out brakes, a dead battery, or an overheated car before you know it. It may seem expensive to stick to a schedule and pay for service appointments, but it’s a lot cheaper than the aforementioned issues!
Mistake #3: Avoiding the ominous check engine light. If you see the check engine light, your first step should be to check your gas cap and ensure it’s screwed in tightly (if it’s loose, it can trigger the light in some vehicles). If the light remains on, bring your car into our Orlando Toyota service center without delay. A small issue now could turn into a HUGE one if left unattended; that means something that’s affordably fixed in the present could hit your bank account hard in the future if you don’t resolve the problem. Don’t ignore the check engine light!
Mistake #4: Having a lead foot. Bad driving habits – i.e. slamming on the gas, slamming on the brakes, taking turns sharply, and overall just driving aggressively – can take a toll on your car… and also your safety. Use defensive driving and be a responsible driver out on the roads to save money. Aggressive driving wears out car parts faster and is also likely to lead to a collision, which can cost a pretty penny to remedy!
Mistake #5: Trying to DIY it. If you don’t know what you’re doing under the hood, don’t try to DIY your car maintenance. You’re more likely to mess something up and then have to pay MORE than the routine auto service would cost to fix it.
Toyota of Orlando offers affordable car service 7 days a week
Owning a car is a financial responsibility, but here at Toyota of Orlando we offer affordable auto service seven days a week. Swing by and talk to one of our techs at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!