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10 Common Car Care Mistakes and the CarzSpa Guide to Avoid Them

You love your car more than anything. You treat it like your own child. You pamper it with the best paint protection film and car detailing service. But no parent is perfect, after all, we are all humans and we tend to make mistakes. Some common car care mistakes can ruin your car’s beauty and performance. And you may not even realise you are making them. In this blog, Our detailing experts at CarzSpa Detailing Studios have compiled the top 10 car care mistakes people make and how to avoid them. Read on and learn how to keep your car in tip-top shape.

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Skipping regular car wash

Your car deserves to be clean and shiny. But if you neglect to wash your car regularly, you are exposing it to harmful elements that can damage its paint and metal. Dirt, dust, bugs, bird droppings and other pollutants can stick to your car and cause corrosion, fading or staining. To prevent this, you should treat your car to a car wash service at least once a month or more frequently if you drive in harsh environments. A professional car wash service will use the right products and tools to gently and thoroughly clean your car without leaving any scratches or swirls.

Avoiding car paint protection

Your car’s paint is more than just a pretty colour. It is also a protective layer that shields your car’s metal body from harmful factors like UV rays, moisture, chemicals and more. If you neglect your car’s paint, you risk damaging it and exposing your car to rust and corrosion. To prevent this, you should invest in a PPF coating or a ceramic coating for your car’s paint. A PPF coating is a clear film that wraps around your car’s paint and acts as a second skin. A ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that bonds with your car’s paint and forms a hard and shiny surface. CarzSpa Aegis Paint protection films safeguard your car’s paint from scratches and rock chips, while ceramic coating prevents fading, stains, water spotting and more. They can also improve your car’s look and make it easier to wash and maintain. Aegis now also has India’s thickest PPF range, Eternal 300, which is 300 microns and Ultra 250, which is 250 microns.

Did You Know?

Paint protection films were originally developed to protect American helicopter rotor blades from dust and stone damage during the Vietnam War. But, polyurethane film’s durability and clear finish made it perfect to protect car paint from scratches, rock chips and other damage.

Not detailing your car

Detailing your car is not the same as washing your car. Detailing your car involves a thorough and meticulous cleaning and restoration of your car’s interior and exterior. It can remove stubborn dirt, stains, odours, swirl marks, scratches and other imperfections that can affect your car’s look and feel. It can also restore your car’s shine, colour and gloss. If you don’t detail your car, you may end up with a car that looks old, dull and dirty. To avoid this mistake, you should detail your car at least once a year or more often if you drive a lot or in harsh conditions. You should also use professional car detailing services from CarzSpa, that can provide you with the best results and the best care for your car.

Missing out on car interior cleaning

Your car’s interior is where you spend most of your time when driving. It is also where you may eat, drink, smoke or carry pets or kids. If you don’t clean your car’s interior, you may end up with a car that smells bad, looks messy and feels uncomfortable. You may also have bacteria, allergens, dust or mould that can affect your health and well-being. To avoid this mistake, you should clean your car’s interior regularly or at least every time you wash your car. You should also use a car interior cleaning service that can provide you with a deep and thorough cleaning of your car’s seats, carpets, dashboard, console, windows and other parts. A car interior cleaning service can also sanitise, deodorise and condition your car’s interior to make it look and smell fresh and new.

A man vacuums the seats of his car
Clean interiors = Happy Car Owners = Happy Car

Forgetting to check your car's fluids

Your car’s fluids are essential for your car’s performance, efficiency and safety. They include engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and windshield washer fluid. If you don’t check your car’s fluids regularly, you may end up with a car that runs poorly, overheats, leaks or breaks down. You may also have a higher risk of accidents, fires or engine damage. To avoid this mistake, you should check your car’s fluids at least once a month or more often if you notice any signs of problems, such as leaks, noises, smells or warning lights. You should also follow your car’s manual for the recommended intervals and types of fluids to use for your car.

Not changing your car's oil

Your car’s oil is one of the most important fluids for your car. It lubricates, cools, cleans and protects your car’s engine and its components. If you don’t change your car’s oil regularly, you may end up with a car that has sludge, dirt, metal particles or other contaminants in its oil. This can reduce your car’s performance, fuel economy and lifespan. It can also cause your car’s engine to wear out faster, overheat or seize up. To avoid this mistake, you should change your car’s oil every 3,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on your car’s make, model, age and driving conditions. You should also use the right type and grade of oil for your car, as specified by your car’s manual or manufacturer.

Driving around with low tyre pressure

Your car’s tyres are the only parts of your car that touch the road. They affect your car’s handling, braking, traction, stability and comfort. If you don’t check your car’s tyres regularly, you may end up with a car that has underinflated, overinflated, worn or damaged tyres. This can reduce your car’s safety, performance and fuel efficiency. It can also increase your risk of tyre blowouts, flats or punctures. To avoid this mistake, you should check your car’s tyre pressure every month or more often if you drive in extreme temperatures or altitudes. You should also check your car’s tyre tread depth and condition every month or more often if you notice any signs of uneven wear, cracks, bulges or cuts. You should also follow your car’s manual for the recommended tyre size, type and rotation schedule for your car.

A man uses a pressure gauge to check the tyre pressure of his car
Low tyre pressure could lead to catastrophic accidents

Using the same car wiper blades

Your car’s wiper blades are essential for your car’s visibility and safety. They clear your windshield of rain, snow, dust, bugs and other debris that can obstruct your view. If you don’t replace your car’s wiper blades regularly, you may end up with a car that has streaky, noisy or ineffective wipers. This can impair your vision, especially in bad weather or at night. It can also damage your windshield or wiper motor. To avoid this mistake, you should replace your car’s wiper blades every six months or more often if you notice any signs of wear, tear or deterioration. You should also use the right size and type of wiper blades for your car, as specified by your car’s manual or manufacturer.

Not servicing your car's brakes

Your car’s brakes are vital for your car’s safety and control. They allow you to slow down, stop or avoid collisions. If you don’t service your car’s brakes regularly, you may end up with a car that has worn, squeaky or faulty brakes. This can reduce your car’s braking power, responsiveness and stability. It can also increase your stopping distance, brake fade or brake failure. To avoid this mistake, you should service your car’s brakes every 10,000 to 15,000 miles or more often if you notice any signs of problems, such as noises, vibrations, smells or warning lights. You should also replace your car’s brake pads, rotors, callipers or fluid as needed, depending on your car’s condition and usage.

Not maintaining the car's maintenance schedule

Your car’s maintenance schedule is a guide that tells you when and how to service your car’s various parts and systems. It is based on your car’s make, model, age, mileage and driving conditions. It is designed to keep your car in optimal condition, performance and efficiency. If you don’t follow your car’s maintenance schedule, you may end up with a car that has been neglected, overdue or missed services. This can lead to your car’s premature wear and tear, breakdown or damage. It can also void your car’s warranty, reduce your car’s resale value or increase your car’s repair costs.

To avoid this mistake, you should follow your car’s maintenance schedule as specified by your car’s manual or manufacturer. You should also keep a record of your car’s service history and receipts.

A car detailer works on cleaning the engine of a car
Just like we all get our body check up done, your car needs one regularly

To conclude…

By avoiding these 10 car care mistakes, you can keep your car in the best shape possible and enjoy its benefits for a long time. If you need any help with your car’s care, you can always rely on CarzSpa, the leading provider of car detailing services, PPF coating, ceramic coating, car interior cleaning and car wash services in India. Contact us today and let us take care of your car.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the most common maintenance on a car?
The most common maintenance on a car is changing the oil and oil filter. This helps to keep the engine running smoothly and prevent damage from friction and heat. You should change your oil and oil filter every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, depending on your car’s specifications.

2. What is the most neglected car maintenance?
The most neglected car maintenance is checking and replacing the air filter. The air filter prevents dust and debris from entering the engine and affecting its performance. A dirty or clogged air filter can reduce your fuel economy, increase your emissions, and cause engine problems. You should replace your air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or more often if you drive in dusty conditions.

3. Which car is more expensive to maintain?
The answer to this question may vary depending on different factors, such as the make and model of the car, the age and mileage of the car, the availability and cost of parts and labour, and the frequency and type of repairs needed. However, some general factors that can make a car more expensive to maintain are luxury or exotic brands, high-performance or sports cars, hybrid or electric cars, older or discontinued cars, and cars with complex or advanced features.

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Deepam Sama

Deepam Sama

Deepam Sama is the Vice President of Business Strategy and Development at CarzSpa Detailing Studios, a leading car care company in India. He is a second-generation entrepreneur who has a passion for scaling up businesses and creating innovative marketing strategies. Deepam holds an MBA in Marketing from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune and a BBA from the Institute of Management, Nirma University. He previously worked in the Sales Strategy team at ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, where he gained experience in developing and executing growth plans.

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