It often happens that in the event of a car breakdown, the cost of repair is significantly higher than if proper maintenance had been performed. The advice "prevention is better than cure" also applies to cars, and timely car care and regular maintenance can save you a lot of money.

Postponing car maintenance can be very expensive, as it often happens that the repair amount is many times higher than the cost of regular maintenance. Breakdowns are the main reason a car needs service, so consider these five tips to extend the life of your four-wheeler.

1. Importance of preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance is important in order to achieve greater savings. For example, loss of antifreeze has been shown to be a very common failure that can cause a major problem and therefore increase costs. If not repaired, the engine may overheat, causing the head gasket to fail. In this way, the final cost of the repair is higher than it was at the beginning, and the vehicle will have to spend more time in the service. The bigger the defect, the higher the cost and the more time it takes to repair it.

2. Perform regular service

In addition to this annual inspection, a periodic inspection of wear components such as tires, brakes, shock absorbers, steering, oil level and other fluids is recommended. According to experts, these checks are very important in order to detect early symptoms of potential major failures in the future. Timely diagnosis is key to reducing the possibility of a major failure.

3. Follow the manufacturer's specifications regarding regular service

During regular services, the wear of various parts of the vehicle is controlled and analyzed. This inspection can be annual, or after a certain number of kilometers driven. You should keep in mind that regular service cannot be done outside the manufacturer's official service centers without losing the warranty.

4. See a professional

At the slightest sign of wear or damage, the best option is to take the vehicle to a professional service as soon as possible. If a warning light comes on on the dashboard, do not ignore it. Any breakdown should be repaired as soon as possible, as it can potentially cause even bigger problems with the vehicle.

5. Check the car in case of an accident

If you had an accident or just a slight knock, the car should be checked. What appears to be a simple knock on the sheet metal can lead to more serious failures in the future that cannot be seen with the naked eye. As Auto Klub writes, in the event of an accident, there are elements of the vehicle that can be affected and which are initially not given the importance they deserve, such as the operation of airbags, seat belts or windshields.

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