Think it's time to ditch the ride-hailing service for a personal car? If you're contemplating getting yourself a new set of wheels, you need to keep in mind that every motor vehicle requires fuel, regular maintenance and prompt repairs to keep running well. These car operating costs vary from vehicle to vehicle, depending on mileage or number of hours spent on the road.
Here's a three-pronged strategy to help you minimise the cost of servicing your new car.
Did you choose a car fitted with an automatic gearbox so that you wouldn't have to worry about any transmission issues? If you did, you will be less than happy now that there is clearly something wrong, but you're not able to put your finger on it. You may know that this system is very complex, but one of the most crucial components is the torque converter. As this can often be at the root of a transmission evil, what type of symptoms should you expect?
It's never good to operate a car when it's running too hot, as excessive heat means added wear and tear on the engine, which might actually seize up from overheating. That excess heat can also cause engine oil, transmission fluid and other fluids to break down, so that they are not lubricating the vehicle's parts as they should. This, too, means more corrosion and wear on all those parts, so that they soon need repair or replacement.
Most problems with a car's air conditioning develop over time, so if you have this system checked and maintained as needed, the air conditioner may actually last for as long as you own your vehicle. However, if the vehicle's air conditioning does fail to cool the interior of your car or truck, you might note some troubleshooting tips that can help you pinpoint what's gone wrong, and what needs fixing.