Preventative Vehicle Maintenance: It’s a MUST!

Cars are expensive. And, not just the purchasing of the actual car. Big-time repairs can be bank-account dissolvers and nearly impossible to handle financially. And the frustrating truth is that some of the most expensive, complex issues you’re dealing with can be easily prevented, but most people either don’t think they have the time, or they don’t think about it until it’s too late. By investing in preventative maintenance, time and money can be saved, as well as improving your car’s current performance and extending its life.

So What Is It?

Preventative maintenance is like squashing all the little bugs before they grow into the monsters that destroy your car. The actual term can be applied to almost anything, from vehicles to businesses, or even to relationships. But specifically, regarding your car, preventative maintenance is all the little things you don’t really want to do: oil changes, checking tire pressure, and routine inspections.

Why Invest In Preventative Maintenance?

All these things seem trivial, and putting them off seems enticing, but the truth is that the last minute repairs that come from procrastinating can be exponentially more expensive than they originally would be. To extend the life of your car and improve its performance, you have to treat it like you’d treat your own body. Going in for routine doctor’s visits will help make sure you’re in good health, as well as catch any impending health disaster early, the same way taking your car in for inspections will ensure your car is in tip-top shape. Paying for the little nitpicky procedures may not be financially ideal at the moment, but it’s much more palatable than the heavy duty repairs you’d have to pay for later.

How to “Do” It

The best way to take care of your car is by setting up a schedule for maintenance, and the most overlooked way of knowing what to do and when is by reading your owner’s manual. It has the exact timing of the checkups you need to have done, all personalized for your vehicle. And, if you want to be both productive and cost-effective, you can learn to do most of it by yourself since it’s all the lower-tier inspections. It may take some research, but knowing how to change your own oil or even replace your own spark plugs will do wonders for both your car and your bank account.

Whether you’re a wait-until-the-last-minute kind of person or you’re already on the preventative maintenance grind, Wrecktify’s team of experts is ready and at your service. No matter the size or the severity of the issue, they can handle whatever you throw their way. You can schedule appointments for inspections, repairs, replacements, and everything in between by visiting the Wrecktify website or calling the shop and speaking directly with one of the technicians. We’re ready to help you take the next step in caring for your car.

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The Importance Of Using The Proper Fuel In Your Car

the importance of using the proper fuel in your car

When the time comes to fill up a gas tank, people will oftentimes select the cheapest type of fuel simply because it is easier on the wallet. They may think, “all fuels keep the car running, right? So, what is the big deal?”

While purchasing the cheaper gasoline option may be suitable in the meantime, it could be silently affecting your car in unnoticeable ways until further down the road. There is an assortment of different types of fuel you will encounter at gas stations, and understanding the importance of using the proper fuel will help you take better care of your vehicle. In the content below, we discuss the importance of using the proper fuel in your car by comparing diesel with gasoline and distinguishing the different gasoline grades.

Best Fuel to Use in Your Classic Car: Diesel Fuel vs Unleaded Gasoline

Many people do not understand the difference between diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline. Oftentimes, people consider both products similar as each fuel type goes through combustion, essential to the process of igniting the fuel and propelling the vehicle.

Contrary to how gasoline requires the combination of compressed air and fuel ignited by a spark, diesel is ignited by way of super-heated compressed air. Therefore, if you unintentionally fill your tank with diesel but the system was designed for regular gas, the car will simply stop running because the engine cannot combust diesel fuel. As a result, your vehicle will have to be towed and drained of the errant fuel, a tedious and pricey process often costing between $500 and $1,000.

Different Gasoline Grades

Unleaded gasoline is used most frequently in passenger vehicles, but the different grades or levels of gasoline are not usually addressed. Drivers usually notice the higher price tag on the “plus” or “premium” options and immediately select the “regular” gas. What is the difference, and how do you know what kind is best for your car?

Select the Proper Fuel According to its Octane Rating

Each grade of gasoline is defined by its octane rating. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before detonating (igniting). Therefore, fuels with a higher-octane rating are implemented in high-performance gasoline engines that require higher compression ratios.

Every engine has different requirements or suggestions as to what will help it run properly and efficiently. In order to find out exactly what octane rating is best for your vehicle, the information can often be found inside the owner’s manual, by contacting the vehicle’s manufacturer, or talking to experts like the mechanics at Wrecktify Collision.

When you load your car with its optimal fuel octane rating, or if you jump to the next “level,” your fuel efficiency and engine performance could be enhanced, depending on the vehicle and engine model. However, if you use a gasoline with a lower octane rating than recommended, there are long-term negative effects on your engine that range from the emissions system to power to mileage and overall performance.

Still Unsure of Which Fuel to Use? Ask the Experts!

At Wrecktify Collision and Restoration, we understand that large or sentimental restoration projects can grow cumbersome through time and expenses. For that reason, we want to ensure the greatest chance of longevity for your vehicle by using the proper fuel for your car’s needs. We will offer expert suggestions on fuel usage and how to repair any damages caused by using the wrong fuel type.

Whenever unsure about how to specifically care for your car and its engine, contact us to see how we can help your auto in the most efficient manner.