I'll be the first to admit that I rely completely on the good will, patience, and skill of my mechanic of over 20 years. He keeps me on track with not only repairs and problems with my car, but is a good sounding board for when I'm feeling anxious about something auto related. Shout out to Mr David Courville!

MSN and The Family Handyman have a list of things that you should never, ever do when it comes to your vehicle. They are below. You've been warned.

  • Ignoring your 'check engine' and other warning lights
  • Waiting too long on routine maintenance
  • Ignoring unusual noises
  • Ignoring smells
  • Buying a used car without a professional pre-purchase inspection report
  • Trying to find the lowest price on brake repairs / jobs
  • Driving on worn tires
  • Driving your vehicle when it's overheated
  • Ignoring oily/wet stains on your driveway
  • Bringing your own parts for repairs
  • Expecting a free diagnosis
  • Telling them what to fix
  • Complaining about shop supply charges
  • Bringing in a dirty car
  • Withholding information
  • Putting fluids in the wrong places