Stupid Tax: a fine for a dumb mistake or failure to act.  We all make mistakes, but these are some of the most common avoidable mistakes that people make with their cars. Hopefully, it will help you avoid them in the future.

1.     Not Getting an Oil Change

Oil is one of the most important things your car needs to keep your engine cool and lubricated. Lack of lubrication on your engine from low or deteriorated oil generally causes two main issues in extreme cases:

  • The timing chain may break and cause additional damage to related parts of the vehicle.
  • It could also cause damage the main bearings, which is the kiss of death for your engine!

What you could have paid - $30, for an oil change.

Stupid Tax: $3,000 -$5,000, to repair any damage to your engine.

2.     Ignoring the Overheating Warning Light on Your Car:

If your car is overheating you should pull over right away and allow it to cool down. You might even want to pay for a tow truck to take it to a shop.

If you don’t:

  • You could ruin your engine.  If your engine gets too hot then your oil can no longer lubricate the metal components properly.
  • Depending on the type of engine, you can melt parts or damage a main bearing, break a timing chain, or damage the seal to the piston rings. These are all really costly repairs!

What you should have paid: $0 - $150, if you would have just taken the time to let your engine cool down or paid for a tow truck, you could have saved thousands.

Stupid Tax: $3,000 -$5,000, to repair any damage to your engine.

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