7 Bad Car Owner Habits

In a world where everyone owns a vehicle and no one is perfect, there are bound to be bad habits! Some of these will effect you financially, some of them will effect your health and the health of your vehicle. Here are 7 bad car owner habits:
1. Your car needs a bath.

Your car relies on you to clean it. It's not like your cat. I'm not a cat guy but I heard you don't have to bathe them. That's weird to me being someone who's been a dog owner their entire life.

Anyway...

If you're going to consider your car an extension of you, you wouldn't take a shower and not clean your arms right? Well, some people don't shower at all! When it comes to your car, it's damaging to the paint. With all the salt and sand used on our roads, you're asking for rust. Worst of all, if you plan on selling the thing and the paint is faded and rusted, be prepared to lower your asking price!
Team Foui's dealerships offer a free car wash with every servicing

Team Foui's dealerships offer a free car wash with every servicing

2. I'm only a few hundred miles over my next servicing!

Thinking you can blow passed the due date for your oil changes, fluid flushes and tire rotations at top speed with a smile on your face is asking for trouble. Your tires will wear wrong and you can cause damage to your engine. Delaying your regular maintenance could end up costing you more than the maintenance itself! My advice is to suck it up, get it taken care of and thank yourself later when your friends are complaining about the dreaded check engine light and you're not.
Most vehicles on the market today have built in maintenance reminders!

Most vehicles on the market today have built in maintenance reminders!

3. French Fries in between the seats. No big deal.

To each their own, but if you eat in your car and don't get it detailed from time to time. I hope you don't plan on taking up a career with UBER anytime soon. The stains on your seats, the french fries between them and the dried up big mac sauce on the seat belt don't show well when it comes time to sell. Your passengers won't be too impressed either!
Eating while you drive is dangerous and messy. Keep a napkin handy...

Eating while you drive is dangerous and messy. Keep a napkin handy...

4. I'll do it myself. Don't worry, I got this!

So you think you're the best mechanic you know? Can't trust the shop up the road? Well, hopefully you have the actual certifications to prove it! If your car isn't under warranty than proceed with less caution, but for newer cars there are certain warranty obligations on the owner found in the fine print that could come back to haunt you. If something were to stop working in the vehicle and the manufacturer can in some way trace the issue back to a hack job of an oil change or if the service isn't recorded and attached to the vehicles VIN number, to the manufacturer it will look like maintenance was NEVER done and you'll be sorry! You might have a hefty repair bill on your hands for something you're not equipped to deal with. So let it be known that if you want to fix one thing yourself, be prepared to do it all!
Fixing your own car can leave you in a sticky situation.

Fixing your own car can leave you in a sticky situation.

5. Smoking in the car. Do you mind?

To non-smokers, the smell of smoke soaked fabric in the morning is to die for! Literally! Your passengers could have asthma, they could be allergic to the smoke, or they could just be a normal healthy person now subjected to one of the top causes of death in North America. Your resell is effected and so is your own health! Not to mention, studies show that connecting your addiction to every day things you do is what furthers your addiction. Smoking while you drive might be that anchor for you! If you're trying to quit, not smoking while you drive might be a good start to disconnecting you from your cigs. Future owners of your vehicle will thank you, your passengers will thank you and your lungs will thank you!
Smoking and driving isn't good for you, your passengers or the next owner of your vehicle

Smoking and driving isn't good for you, your passengers or the next owner of your vehicle

6. Driving on winter tires way passed the cold weather.

Your winter tires are composed of particular types of rubber and are designed in a way that works best for cold icy weather. These tires work in an opposite way in the summer months. Hot concrete actually causes winter tires to deteriorate at a quicker rate. If you're driving on your winters all year round wondering why the tread is missing, it's probably because you're driving on warm or hot concrete with tires that are meant for the icy depths of winter. Regular seasonal tire swaps and maybe even tire storage should be in your near future! All of Team Foui's available dealerships offer this service.
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7. My car is thief proof. No one would want it anyway!

Lock your car and try not to keep anything valuable inside of it. Car owners everywhere believe in a growing myth that cars are "unstealable" with new technologies. That may have some truth to it, however, that doesn't mean you cant be subjected to vandalism and theft of items inside of your vehicle. A car thief will very rarely return the vehicle in perfect condition. So should yours be stolen, theres a very high chance that your vehicle will be coming back. At Team Foui Automotive, we carry a few manufactures that have countered this irresponsibility by introducing "walk away locks" to their vehicles.
Car thieves will pull handles until a door opens. You can prevent yours being their next target.

Car thieves will pull handles until a door opens. You can prevent yours being their next target.

How many of these are you guilty of?