#11 Ignoring The Check Engine Light

You should check the dashboard from time to time and see if there are any lights, especially the check engine light. That light doesn’t only say that your engine has an issue. It can come on if you have a faulty oxygen sensor, faulty catalytic converter, faulty mass airflow sensor, or your gas cap is missing. Whatever the reason might be, you shouldn’t drive your car. That light doesn’t come on for nothing. You should take it to the mechanic and have it diagnosed. Performing a routine maintenance can prevent this light from coming on.

#12 Driving With Old Fuel And Air Filters

Car’s air and fuel filters are essential to the car.

Air filters lose their capacity over time and are not able to clean the bug bits, dirt, and pollution coming from the outside. When the air filter gets build up with dirt, it cannot filter the air and shards of debris go through the filter and damage the engine. So, make sure you change your air filter every 10,000-30,000 miles. It is a cheap and quick process.

Fuel filters don’t last forever as well. Their mission is to filter the fuel and keep the dirt and rust particles on themselves. The fuel from the gas stations is clean, but there are many ways to get a dirty fuel tank. When you open the fuel tank cap before you pump gas, dust might get inside the tank. Also, the paint from the fuel tank chips and creates debris. If your engine stalls, feels sluggish or hesitates, it’s time to change your fuel filter.

#13 Maintaining Their High-Tech Vehicles

It’s not a coincidence that this mistake is under number 13. This is actually very bad. High-tech vehicles are not like the old ones. With the older vehicles, you can do anything you want, and in the end, if the car doesn’t start, it doesn’t matter. You can take it to the mechanic and they will fix it. The parts are cheap and so is the labor. But on your high-tech car, you shouldn’t play a mechanic. You should take your new car to a routine maintenance checks. Especially if you have an electric vehicle. The only thing that you should do is to add more fluid for the wipers, check the tire pressure and maybe, but maybe change your oil (if you know what you are doing).

#14 Buying Cheap Or Used Parts

All of us want to fix our car and not spend a lot of money. But does cheaper means better? Of course not. You might pay $50 for a ‘used’ part, instead of a $100 for the brand new, but will it last long and perform as good as the brand new? Trust me, you will end up changing the part again and spending more money. Always buy new parts and from official part stores.

#15 Buying Expensive Cars And Not Maintaining Them

I had a friend that made this mistake. His budget was $15,000. Guess what he did. He went and bought a car for $15,000. He ended up with not having enough money to change the engine oil, buy new tires and do a general check-up at the mechanic store. I strongly recommend that you leave at least $1000 aside and change the engine oil, air, and fuel filters, add coolant if needed and replace the tires. If your car requires some visual fixing, like chipped paint, it can wait. Make sure you invest in the engine first.

That’s it. These are the most 15 common mistakes that car owners do. Please be honest and write in the comments, did you make any of the 15 mistakes? Also, if you have done another mistake, feel free to mention it in the comments. Your mistake might teach another person.