It’s an expensive investment that you rely on heavily, which makes it important to take care of. You know how or when to do regular maintenance such as putting fuel in the tank, changing the oil, buying new tires, and more.
If you forget one of these essential upkeep items, or something minor goes wrong, your entire vehicle may be put out of commission, and that can be devastating. This is true for vehicles of all kinds, from minis to semi trucks, and if problems aren’t found in time, accidents due to mechanical malfunctions will occur.
And that can lead to legal problems. Luckily, technology has been developed specifically to help you take care of your vehicle, so you don’t have to take it to a mechanic for every light or alarm.
Newer cars can check themselves
One of the biggest technical advances in car care has occurred in the mechanical makeup of new vehicles. Sensors and monitoring systems now enable your car to tell you what’s wrong.
These systems monitor such functions as engine oil levels, tire pressure, brake pads, and fluid levels. You no longer need to take your vehicle in to a mechanic to make sure these systems are working correctly, which keeps money in your pocket.
Most of the problems that could develop in relation to these items can be changed and replaced by you, for further savings.
When your check engine light comes on, you immediately start to think about all the horrible things that could go wrong with your vehicle, so you have it plugged into a computer so experts can read why the light flipped on. Most places will charge you money to tell you what the light means, and most likely it’ll cost you a lot of money.
But new technology has been developed so you can use your phone to check your engine! There are apps for phones, iPads, or even iPod touches, which can be used to turn your device into the computer screen of your car.
You can even clear that pesky check engine light yourself, instead of paying someone else to help.
Car repair tutorials
Social media sites, most popularly YouTube, have become a great avenue for sharing videos with the world via the Internet. Among the many available videos, you can easily locate a short clip that teaches you how to perform repairs on your vehicle.
These can help you locate specific parts on your vehicle and teach you how to disassemble certain sections to reach the part you need to replace. If you’re comfortable working on the mechanical parts of your vehicle, then this is a great tool to save money performing necessary repairs for your vehicle at home.
Even if you’d prefer to have someone else do the work, you can watch the video to understand what the work will involve, so you know what you’re paying for and your hired professional won’t try to trick you into paying for anything extra.
With these modern technologies, you can perform your own car inspections and maintenance and lengthen the life of your vehicle while saving yourself money.