Real Disaster Stories About Not Maintaining Your Car

We know that routine car maintenance isn’t usually on the top of everyone’s to-do list. But we cannot emphasize enough the importance of routine vehicle maintenance. Having your car serviced regularly not only can save you money on car repairs but also can prevent vehicle disasters from happening to you. Don’t believe us? Check out some of these real disaster stories that occurred from not maintaining their vehicle.

Reduced Fuel Economy 

We all know that gas is expensive. So why would you want to spend more on gas? We see it all the time – drivers who neglect regular car maintenance and end up paying significantly more at the gas pump. This is because when you have your vehicle serviced regularly, auto mechanics will look for and repair things like clogged air filters, underinflated tires, faulty air flow sensors, and other things that affect your car’s fuel economy. 


Increased Wear and Tear

Regular car maintenance helps prevent premature wear and tear on parts of your vehicle. One example we constantly see is customers neglecting to replace their vehicle filters. If you don’t have your vehicle’s air, oil, or fuel filters replaced, it can lead to abrasive wear. We’ve seen engines destroyed just because their fuel filters were not changed. Engine repair and replacement are not cheap, and it’s unfortunate that a costly engine repair was caused by such an easy-to-do and inexpensive maintenance task. 


Voided Warranty

New and certified pre-owned vehicles include manufacturer warranties to help you afford regular maintenance. But here at Pit Shop Auto Repair, we’ve seen warranties voided because of drivers neglecting preventative maintenance. The easiest way to avoid paying for expensive repairs out of pocket is by adhering to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. We can’t tell you the number of times customers come into our auto repair shop in IL with problems with their car, and they’re required to pay for an expensive repair all because they didn’t maintain their vehicle properly.



Vehicles that aren’t properly maintained are more likely to break down or cause accidents. For example, one thing we see often is worn-out brakes. Worn-out brakes mean the driver will not be able to stop the vehicle promptly, and that alone can lead to an accident – especially in inclement weather. Keeping your brakes maintained is an easy and inexpensive way to avoid accidents. 


Another maintenance task we see neglected is tire rotations. Skipping tire rotations can increase your risk of an accident since your tires are wearing down unevenly. Uneven tire wear can cause vehicles to veer to the side of the road and get into an accident. Drivers can avoid this problem altogether by keeping up with their vehicle’s maintenance schedule. 


Let the Automotive Experts at Pit Shop Auto Repair Keep You Safe on the Road 

Don’t neglect car maintenance; stay safe on the road with routine maintenance from Pit Shop Auto Repair. Not only do our technicians have years of experience working on foreign and domestic vehicles, but we also always back our work with a 3 Year/36,000 miles warranty. 


Call us now at 847-321-7049 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.