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October 29, 2015

4 Bad Habits That Drive Your Car Crazy

Before we get the comments that cars are inanimate objects without brains, hearts or souls and therefore can’t be “driven crazy,” hear us out.

We fully comprehend that your car may not be able to go crazy, or throw up its hands in exasperation, or do the face-palm, or even sigh loudly when you do something boneheaded either while driving it or while taking care of it. But your car can – and often does – let you know in no uncertain terms when you’ve done something you shouldn’t have.

Read below for four driving habits that “drive your car crazy:”

  1. You always brake hard.

And you don’t just brake suddenly occasionally – as in to avoid getting in an accident – you brake heavily all the time. This is very bad for your brakes. You could wear them out sooner than necessary and find they don’t work well when you really then them. And when would that be? When you’re stopping hard to avoid a real accident!

  1. You rev the engine right after you start the car.

You just turned on the car, so to help it “wake up,” you keep the car in neutral but you rev the engine a bit. This actually could harm the engine because the car’s oil hasn’t had a chance to lubricate the car’s parts. Do this often enough and you could have to replace the engine. Have you priced an engine replacement lately? Your wallet definitely won’t like it.maintain car engine

Let the engine warm up before revving it. In fact, don’t rev it at all! It’s one of your car’s biggest pet peeves.

  1. You don’t take the car in for routine service – or perform it yourself – every 5,000 miles or so.

It’s as if you want the car to die thousands of miles sooner than it would if properly maintained. Or it’s as if you’re willing it to just break down so that you can spend hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars to repair it. Routine maintenance really does extend the life of your car. Take it to your trusted mechanic for an oil and filter change every 3,000-5,000 miles and just watch your four-wheeled baby make it easily to an odometer reading of 200,000 miles!

  1. Letting the gas tank get to almost empty.

We know you’ve done it: you drive your car until the “low gas” light goes on, then you fill up the tank. You actually use up more gas when the tank is near empty because the engine is running inefficiently. It’s best to tank up when the gauge hits the halfway point, or a little beyond it.

If you continue these bad habits, you’ll eventually (but sooner rather than later) need to replace your car and when that happens, we hope you’ll search at PAACO. Come take a look at the used cars at the PAACO location nearest you and talk to one of our sales professionals/finance experts. Contact us at 877-810-4555 for more information.

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