10 Mistakes That Will Send Your Car Straight to Early Retirement

1. Not paying attention to cleanliness

Cleaning is essential to keep your vehicle looking good and, although it may seem logical, not everyone is aware of the details. Dust and moisture on the outside can ruin your vehicle’s paintwork and cause stains that are difficult to remove.

Inside, poorly cleaned filters can make the air very dangerous due to high levels of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide.

2. Ignoring windshield wipers

Windscreen wipers are often forgotten when washing the car. Yet they are very important for good visibility, especially in the rainy season. Dirt and dust can accumulate in the wiper blades and even small stones that can scratch the glass, reduce the value and impair the aesthetics of the car.

3. Overfilling the tank

Many people are still in the habit of putting a lot of fuel in their cars, even exceeding the limits recommended by the manufacturers. This is often done to save money, but it is a very expensive habit and can also harm the environment and the appearance of the car if the petrol leaks and leaves traces on the paintwork.

4. Speeding over road bumps and potholes

Potholes are not uncommon on the roads and it is also common to drive over them, as some have been placed there for safety reasons. If you do this at high speed, the car will shake and so will your luggage. It’s not just about balance and alignment, it’s about suspension, bodywork, wheels and tyres. It is always best to slow down and pay attention to the road to avoid unpleasant surprises.

5. Using water instead of antifreeze

Although water has been used for many years as the main coolant in cars, antifreeze has several properties that make it a better product for this purpose. Its anti-rust properties and higher boiling point allow the engine to maintain an ideal operating temperature.

6. Not checking under your car

Every part of our car is important, both the visible and the invisible. Too much dust, water, salt, sand and more can cause premature wear of the car’s underside.

Be sure to use special lubricants and protectors in this area to help repel dust and moisture, protect your four-wheeled friend from corrosion, and make the driving experience more pleasant.

7. Not protecting it from the weather

It is not always possible to protect a car’s interior from UV rays, rain or the “gifts” of birds, which are rarely welcome. It is advisable to use covers that allow air to pass through and protect the car from external influences. This prevents staining of the paintwork and discolouration of the car’s interior and keeps it looking like new for longer.

8. Using household glass cleaners to clean the windshields

Most household window cleaners contain ammonia, a chemical that is harmful to various parts of the vehicle. It is advisable to use special products for cars, as well as microfibre cloths designed exclusively for this purpose. Finally, the use of distilled water avoids the presence of minerals that can scratch car windows.

9. Not using the car for a long time

In certain circumstances it is necessary to leave the vehicle for a while. Movement is important, also for your body.

If you plan to go on a trip and you know you will not be using the car for more than a month, it is best to ask someone you trust to start the car once a week. Let the engine run for 10-15 minutes. This will lubricate the engine and charge the battery. Don’t forget to check the tyre pressure on your return.

10. Wanting to save money with an inexpensive battery

Sometimes trying to save money on car maintenance can be more expensive. A common example is the battery. People often think they can buy the cheapest product, but it is advisable to buy the right product backed by a good brand. Even if they are a bit more expensive, follow exactly the recommendations of your vehicle manufacturer.

When choosing a battery, consider the following points: Date of manufacture, warranty, amperage and cold start voltage.

How important is the maintenance of your car and how much time do you spend on keeping it in good condition?

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