The only thing most people know about their car is ‘’they own the car’’ and can ride the car but it is essential to know your car just the way you know yourself not just by name or the car color.
Some cars have specific problems not excluding the other general car problems. Cars such as Toyota and ford is wildly used in Nigeria because the spare parts are available and affordable, people go for cars that won’t give them sleepless nights on how to get the parts if something gets broken.
You don’t need to have a PHD on your car but you should have a basic knowledge of your car, how it works, how to care for it and the repair costs. If you get to know about your car, mechanics won’t be able to get extra money from you for things they didn’t fix.
Here are five things you should know about your car
A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique code, composed of 17-digit number that identifies your car’s manufacture date, place, make, model, engine size, etc. The car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a particular automobile.
It serves as a car’s fingerprint; no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. The easiest way to find it is to stand outside of the vehicle on the driver’s side and look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. Your VIN is useful when talking to mechanics and insurance companies. You can use your VIN to look up information if you want to purchase a car or buy parts for it.
The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.
Most car owners are unaware of VIN.
2. Learn all of your car’s functions.
Nothing makes you look sillier than admitting you don’t know what BSM means or how to turn it on in your ride. No matter how advanced your auto might be, take time to read the manual and learn all of its functions and abilities. After all, you paid for everything your car is and does.
3. Year, make and model
The first thing you should know about your car is the year it was manufactured, the make of the car, and the specific model. Often they are mistaken on the year or the model, which can lead to big mistakes. Fluids, parts, and the accessories to repair and maintain your car are all based on the car’s year, make and model, so it’s critical to know the exact information. Every year new models of cars are being manufactured , and new models comes with different parts.
4. Know how to check and top off all fluids.
There are other essential fluids to top up in every engine apart from the engine oil everyone is aware of. From brakes to power steering to coolant, they all need to be maintained and can be drained or refilled without the aid of a mechanic.
5. Know how to change a tire
I always thought, all the guys in the world knew how to change tires, not until my mums tire went flat on a lonely area, we just kept staring at the tire, not knowing what to do, none of us including my two brothers could do anything. Not until a stranger came to our aid and changed the tire with the spare one and if he hadn’t show up, I’m probably sure we would be standing and staring at the flat tire. It is very important to know how to change tire even though you don’t have a car.
Why let mechanic figure out /do little things that you can do yourself.