Common Car Faults - Are You Driving An Unreliable Car?

To avoid regular trips to the garage and expensive bills, it’s really worth knowing what problems to look out for with your car. Bare in mind that damage to cars is usually progressive, meaning that regularly taking care of minor repairs can save you a lot in future repair costs. A well maintained car is also safer for everyone, so check out our list of some common car faults, and consider that an upgrade to a newer car may also save you from high repair costs in the future.

Common car repairs include:

Tyre Wear
Although some tread wear is normal over time, excessive wear can be dangerous and lead to blowouts or flat tyres. An easy way to check this is with a 20p coin. Insert it into the lowest tread depth on your tyres. If you can’t see the outer rim of the coin, you have a safe tyre; if you can see the rim, then the tread is less than 3mm and should be checked by a professional.

Worn Brake Pads
Brakes naturally wear down, and this is one of the most dangerous problems a car can have. Keep up checks to catch any problems before a major failure.

Oil Problems
Cars need oil top ups to stay functioning. However, you may notice that your oil light is flashing more regularly than normal, which could indicate a problem with excessive oil consumption. You could also see problems with a clogged oil filter, which can affect your car’s engine.

Gearbox & Clutch
Over many years of use, clutches and the gearbox can wear and eventually break. This can be made worse by poor clutch control, with ‘burning out’ the clutch more often leading to clutch failure much sooner than you’d expect.

Cosmetic Issues
Dents, scratches, and chips can all accrue over time and spoil the look of your car. Careful driving will help to prevent this, but the longer you have a car, the more likely that small cosmetic problems are going to start showing up.

Is It Time To Sell Your Car?
The truth is, almost every part of your car can eventually cause problems over years of use, even with regular minor maintenance. As your car ages, the costs of repairing major problems will soon exceed it’s value. If you’re finding yourself visiting the garage a bit too often, or you think your car is getting to the age where major faults are going to start appearing, it’s worth thinking about selling your car and going for something new.

Part Exchange Or Sell At Alresford Garage
At Alresford Garage, you can part exchange your car for something more reliable, or simply sell it to us and put the money in the bank. We’re happy to consider every car brought in to us for a part exchange. You can then use the value of your part exchange towards a vehicle from our selection of quality used cars. Visit our sell page to give us the details of your car and receive a quote, or bring your car down to our Alresford, Colchester based garage and showroom for us to have a look. For any other enquiries, get in touch with us today.

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