These are the things your mechanic wants you to know

Your mechanic holds a treasure trove of insights that can keep your car running smoothly and your engine humming contentedly. However, car ownership also requires some knowledge and proactivity, especially when it comes to a car service and vehicle maintenance.

Below are four essential things your mechanic wants you to know to keep your motor happy:

  1. Know your car service schedule

“Just like sticking to a regular check-up routine keeps you in tip-top shape, your car needs its own TLC schedule,” says Barend Smit, Marketing Director of MotorHappy, a supplier of motor management solutions. “That means familiarising yourself with the service schedule as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Ignoring this schedule is like avoiding the dentist—it might seem fine until an unexpected toothache strikes.

“With our busy lives, it’s easy to forget about these important vehicle milestones, which is why we created our free online reminder service, accessible to all motorists (not just MotorHappy customers),” he says. “Motorists can visit the MotorHappy website to register for MotorHappy DRIVE. Then it’s a few easy steps to set up vehicle reminders and access discount motoring and lifestyle vouchers.”

  1. Pay attention to warning lights and dashboard alerts

Think of those dashboard lights as your car's way of politely tapping you on the shoulder to say, "Hey, something needs attention!" Whether it's the check engine light doing a disco dance or the tyre pressure symbol giving a shout-out, don't ignore these signals. Ignoring them can turn a tiny issue into a hefty repair bill faster than you can say, "What does that light mean again?"

  1. Cheapest isn’t always best

“We all love a good deal, but when it comes to your car's health, the cheapest option might not be your best bet. Sure, a bargain-basement oil change might seem like a steal until it ends up costing you an engine,” Smit points out. “Quality parts and skilled labour are investments in your car's longevity. Find a good mechanic and trust their recommendations—mechanics are not always trying to upsell.”

  1. The owner’s manual is your friend

Your car's owner's manual is your ultimate guide to understanding your four-wheeled companion. It holds the secrets to your car service and maintenance schedule, proper tyre pressure, the right fuel, and how to decode those mysterious dashboard symbols. Consider it the GPS for navigating your car's maintenance journey.

Embrace these tips, and you'll not only keep your car purring happily but also save yourself from potential headaches down the road. “Remember, a little proactive care goes a long way in the world of automobiles,” says Smit.