I remember the day I discovered it is more expensive for a Nigerian to buy a good car compared to people living in 1st world countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and a host of others.

It was a huge shock because a teacher in these countries can save or pay in installments and buy the type of car some of my senior friends drive.

This is why I decided I will make it a mission to ensure that when a fellow Nigerian buys a car, he or she will learn how to use it appropriately so as to lengthen the life span.

Your car will most likely cost you at least a million Naira so if there is anything you should be careful with it should be your automobile so please don’t just read these tips, go ahead and take action and your car will be in top shape for a long while which will help its resell value in case you choose to sell.

 

SUDDEN BRAKE USE – You are going to be in situations when you will have to slam down on the brake quickly sometimes but it will be helpful if you make the deliberate effort to avoid instances like that.

The next time you are out on the road make sure there is ample space between you and the next car so if the car ahead stops suddenly you won’t have to slam down on the brakes suddenly.

You see using the brake that way wears out the tread on your tyres and very soon you will need new ones.

Bigger problems can be your brake pads wearing out quicker and damaging the rotors which translate to more stress all over your car.

 

DRIVING ON A  LOW FUEL TANK – I used to think waiting till my car tank is almost empty is me saving money, I still don’t understand why I would think that way because whether I fill up when the tank is half full or when it is almost empty there is really no difference.

What it does especially in new brands of cars that have their fuel pumps in the tanks is that the pumps become overheated and that can ruin them which leads to unnecessary costs you didn’t plan for.

 

IGNORING DASHBOARD LIGHTS– I always advise people to read everything they can about a car before they buy it then study the manual once they get it.

When you study the manual one thing you should know by heart is everything those indicator lights on your dashboard do.

Everything from the check engine light to even the fuel gauge should be something you are very familiar with and not just familiar with they are lights you should take seriously.

Thankfully those indicator lights flash before the problem becomes major so you have time to go sort out the issue so ensure you don’t take them for granted and please do the needful quickly.

 

 

 

IGNORING STRANGE NOISES AND DISTURBANCES – The instant you start hearing strange noises on your steering wheel or the four wheels that carry the weight of the car is the moment you should swing into action and find out what is wrong,

Many times noises happen because a rotating part of your car is giving in to the wear and tear that comes from friction and a little oil sometimes is all you need to get your car back in line.

 

NOT CHECKING LEVELS -Your car is a machine that is a collection of a lot of functioning parts that ensure you get to your destination easily.

For those parts to function properly you must check oil levels, level of water in the radiator, power steering fluids, transmission fluids, air pressure in tires, coolant level, and a host of other things.

If you are not careful with these your car will develop a lot of faults that will frustrate you to no end so take the time to check these levels on a regular level for your peace of mind.

 

USING SUBSTANDARD FUEL– it is no longer news that we experience fuel scarcity in this part of the world, when that happens the black market guys come out in hordes with their kegs of fuel.

I have it on good authority that many of these guys sell mixed fuel and pouring that in your fuel tank can have adverse effects on your engine and sometimes even completely stop it from working.

Always endeavor to buy from official sources to keep your engine working properly.

 

MISSING SERVICING DATES– Your car like every machine with a combustion engine needs to be serviced regularly to keep it functioning properly that’s why there are days assigned for you to take your car to a trusted auto mechanic.

Missing those days is like deliberately putting too much workload on your car and expecting it to work properly.

Don’t do that and your car will last far longer than you can imagine.

 

NOT KEEPING YOUR CAR CLEAN– I personally take pleasure in washing my car to keep dirt and rust off the car, keep your car clean and it will look like a new car years after the day you bought it, and believe me that plays into the resale value.

There you have it common mistakes that will shorten your car life span, avoid them and your car’s life span will increase dramatically, now go take action. Thank you.

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