Keeping your car in good shape can provide financial benefits in the long term. Bringing your vehicle into a shop for regular maintenance will allow for any small problems that you encounter to be fixed and provides an opportunity for a professional to point out any unnoticed issues that could develop in the future. See which common ailments that can affect a car can be remedied easily through regular maintenance with this guide from Main Auto Body, Inc.
Dings and Dents
With everything that’s happening on the road or in the parking lot, small dents on the exterior of your car are always a possibility. While it may not seem like a big deal at the time, if they are not repaired quickly they could cost you money in the end. Dents allow moisture to accumulate underneath the top layer of your car’s paint, which causes rust to develop. Once rust starts spreading throughout your vehicle, it can be very difficult to stop and even destroy the exterior appearance. This will require more extensive repairs to be made and potentially decrease the resale value of your car.
Either way, waiting for dings and dents to be repaired can end up costing you more in the long run than if you were to get the repairs made quickly. Paintless dent repair is an easy solution to this problem that doesn’t require part replacement or painting, so you can get back on the road quickly while maintaining the value of your vehicle.
Similar hazards that can cause a dent in your car may also chip or crack your windshield. While you may not wait to have your windshield replaced if there is a large crack, it can be easy to let a small chip slide. However, that can be dangerous and may eventually end up causing more damage in the future. Once there is a small crack or chip in a pane of glass, it can start to spread across the structure and eventually lead to numerous problems.
This crack may obstruct your view so you do not have a clear sight of the road ahead of you. It will also weaken the integrity of the windshield as a whole, making it more likely to shatter and for glass to enter the vehicle in the event of a collision. Small chips or cracks can often be repaired, but an experienced glass replacement shop can determine if it is in your best interest to have the entire windshield replaced to ensure its structural integrity.
Over the course of regular driving, your car’s suspension takes on wear from uneven roads and potholes. This can shake the car out of alignment, resulting in issues like vibration and pulling to one direction while driving. Further issues that can damage your car and the need for repairs will eventually surface as well. If your car pulls to one side while driving, it can cause uneven wear on your tires, which requires them to be replaced quicker. This may even reduce fuel efficiency over time, which means more trips to the gas station.
To avoid these negative consequences, you should take your car for an alignment at least once a year, depending on the condition of the roads you usually drive on and whether or not you’re noticing the signs above. If you live in an area with poor road conditions, it may be necessary to take your car in more often. Talk with your auto tech to determine the right schedule for your vehicle.
Keep Your Vehicle in Good Condition
If you have noticed one of these seemingly small issues with your car, don’t wait. Take your car to a professional for maintenance that will help prevent the issue from escalating. If you are in the Willamette Valley or the Central Oregon Coast, then visit one of Main Auto Body, Inc.’s nine locations to take advantage of our affordable maintenance services. Ready to make an appointment? Contact us to schedule service.