No one embraces something vehicle troubles. We rely on those babies to get us from A to B, after all, and the second you notice an unwanted rattle or crack, you may well spiral into panic. This is especially the case if payday is far from sight, and you’ve got a packed schedule ahead.
In this instance, you can do one of two things; take action fast with work on finance, or ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Sadly, while most of us know we should choose the first option, the latter often ends up winning out. After all, how much urgency is there really? It can wait until payday, can’t it? You might even be tempted to leave it longer if there’s no initial impact on your driving experiences.
The trouble is that this ‘I’ll do it later’ attitude is behind many a driving disaster, including accidents and total breakdowns. With that in mind, we’re going to speed through three reasons why action is always better than avoidance where vehicle repairs are concerned.
From mountain to molehill
Make no mistake about it; even a seemingly small vehicle will become a difficult mountain to climb if you don’t act as and when you should. That insignificant crack on your windscreen will be easy enough to fix right off, but leave it, and you’re looking down the barrel of total replacement. Equally, that rattling engine could result in a write-off if you fail to get it checked. Not only does this increase risks from a safety perspective, but it’s also a guaranteed way to repairs that cost double what you’d pay by just getting around to this.
The question of worth
Failure to tackle issues as they arise also throws vehicle worth into question. This is, most obviously, an issue when you come to sell and have to take a substantial hit as a result of niggles you could have dealt with for less. You’ll also find that financing your car in any way gets harder with issues in place. Logbook loans and their alternatives are, after all, dependent on your ability to prove vehicle conditions meets the necessary standards. And guess what? A cracked windscreen is unlikely to meet those requirements.
Longevity at last
Tackling issues as they arise can also work wonders for vehicle longevity. As any car owner should be aware, regular maintenance, in general, is vital for longer-lasting running. The same rules apply where issues are concerned. Left unchecked, a vehicle that’s attempting to survive off an imperfect engine is guaranteed to run down and generally age much faster. By instead paying the money necessary to replace or repair that engine as you notice the problem, however, you can keep your vehicle running like new for many years to come.
Of course, leaving issues unchecked also poses the significant problem of putting your driving safety at risk. Considering that, and the points mentioned, you really do lose when you snooze where car repairs are concerned.