For some reason, some car owners are averse to the idea of bringing their car in for a diagnostics test. They say that as long as their car still runs smoothly, there is no need for them to spend for car diagnostics. Even when the check engine light in their dashboard suddenly turns on, they typically ignore it, especially when the car still operates normally.
Then one day, the car dies on them, and only then do they bring the car in for a checkup.
There is a reason why car manufacturers installed that check engine light. It is specifically meant to warn you that there’s something wrong with your engine. Think of it as a headache, which is usually a symptom of an illness. If you don’t go in for a checkup with a doctor, your headaches could get worse, then the full-blown illness sets in.
That check engine light is your car’s version of a headache, and it should prompt you to bring your car to a shop before anything really bad happens.
The thing is, you don’t even have to wait for the check engine light to come on. Ideally, your vehicle should undergo a diagnostic test once a year. That way, you can nip any potential problem with your car in the bud.
If you want to know more about car diagnostic testing and how important it is, just check out the infographic.
Lauren Bricks is the Content Specialist for Streetfighter Motorsports LLC, a family-operated car audio and accessory installation, sales and customization facility located in Phoenix, Arizona. She loves cars and although she spends much of her week writing about them, she still finds the time to hop onto the second-hand Corvette convertible her dad gave her for her 25th birthday and drive to the countryside with the top down.