• Have an unqualified person work on your car. Take the time to find a qualified car mechanic. Keep in mind that you could qualify as “unqualified” if a repair is beyond your skill level. Check out our article on how to handle an auto repair for helpful tips on finding a qualified mechanic.
• Leave keys in the ignition of an unattended car. This is one of the easiest ways to tempt car thieves – especially during the colder months of the year.
• Run your gas tank down to empty. Doing so cuts the life of the fuel pump – and puts you at risk of running out before you get to a station.
• Rarely wash your car. A thorough wash helps preserve the exterior of your car. That can ultimately help your car retain its resale value. A good wash is especially important during winter, when road salt does a number on cars.
Another way to take good care of your car is by making sure it has the right auto insurance. The right auto insurance can protect your car if it’s in a crash, is stolen, gets hit by hail and more.