Going on road trips are so much fun, especially if you are with family and friends. It is not so much the destination but the journey itself. But how can you thoroughly enjoy the journey without hassle on the road in your beat-up car? If you are thinking of selling your car to a junk car buyer but still have to make one last trip, then you must take all precautions before you start the engine so that you don’t encounter any issues along the way, especially if the next repair shop is not for several miles.
Listen for odd sounds
Your car may be old, but it should not exhibit clanking sounds that should not be there in the first place. If you have been driving your car for a long time, you should know by now what to listen to. Should there be any weird sound, get it checked and addressed.
Get busted parts repaired or replaced
Beat-up cars are most likely to have busted parts that need fixing or replacing. Trust your mechanic – if you don’t have any car repair skills – if they say that this needs fixing, and this needs replacing. You are, after all, going on a long trip, and you cannot afford for these busted parts to act up in the middle of nowhere, leaving you with no option but to wait for a tow truck.
Check the tires and brakes
The tires and brakes should be on top of your list to check before a long trip. Making sure that they are on par with the standard will save your life on the road. Tires with surfaces badly worn should be immediately replaced. You should also know how to change a flat tire, so you don’t have to rely on a mechanic to arrive before you can get back on the road. If your brakes are not working correctly and it takes a longer time than usual to stop after braking, then a professional should address the issue.
It would help if you educated yourself on simple car troubleshooting to tide you over until you find a nearby auto repair shop. Tools such as a hydraulic jack should always be in the trunk of your car. If you are not a car person and only know how to drive and not perform simple troubleshooting, then it’s time for you to learn, especially if you are traveling alone.
Go to a trusted mechanic
Always go to a trusted professional mechanic before you go on a trip to check on your old car. It may cost you for repairs, but your safety and the safety of your passengers and other drivers on the road is paramount.
If the worst happens and the mechanic rules that your old ride is no longer road trip worthy, then you may consider renting or borrowing a car that will get you to your destination in one piece, if you cannot afford to buy a new car yet.