The 3 Most Common Car Repairs And How To Avoid Them

When money is tight, the last thing you need to hear is your car making a sound that you know isn't good. While some repairs are unavoidable simply due to the wear and tear on your car, there are a few ways to lessen your chances of running into car troubles that will drain your wallet and energy. We'll take you through the most common repairs people have to make, so you know more about what you can do.


Replacing your brakes (or even the pads) is expensive, but if you're gentler on them, you won't have to worry quite as much. This applies to both used and new cars. Go easy when you're out on the road, and ensure you give yourself plenty of time to stop. Riding the brakes when you're out will only translate to more money spent on repair bills.

Oil Changes

For a long time, the rule was change your oil every 3,000 miles, and it is not a myth that failing to change the oil will eventually lead to total internal destruction. However, every 3,000 miles might be overkill. You might want to make the initial investment in opting for synthetic oil, which is more expensive but better for your car. Synthetic oil also will last you closer to 8,000 miles, depending on the type of vehicle.

Coolant Problems

Ensuring your radiator has enough coolant is pivotal to keeping your car from overheating. Though you may still have problems with the radiator if the car is exceptionally old, making a regular effort to top off all your fluids can be enough to ward off the avoidable problems. Trust me, you do not want to deal with a damaged radiator, for your sanity and your wallet's sake.

The name of the game is maintenance when it comes to keeping your car from being at the mechanics every other week. Some aspects of this can stretch beyond your own efforts, though, particularly when it comes to a used vehicle, where you have much less control over how the previous owner—or owners—took care of it.

When you choose certified pre owned cars, you know that you're getting vehicles that have been serviced and thoroughly checked out, so you don't inherit any potential problems from the previous owner. Standard used cars can be an excellent deal as well, but you will need to do your homework and make sure the one you've got your eye on was well maintained. As for your own history with maintaining the car, it all starts with having the right habits.

You can find a wide selection of new, certified pre owned and used cars that have been well maintained at Bill Gray Volvo in McMurray, PA.