July 28, 2016 at 10:52 AM

What every car owner worries about is mounting repair costs and maintenance of their vehicle. However, what is good to know is that the most common problems with second hand cars can be easily fixed. You just need to know the signs to look out for and how to deal with them. Below we list some of the things that can go wrong with your car. 

What is important to remember is that although 2nd hand cars are prone to problems, so are new cars, and in most cases the problems can be easily resolved, especially when the car is under warranty. 

Smell of Smoke

The thing to remember here is that if you smell smoke, from anywhere in your car, then you need to get it looked at as soon as possible. If the smell is that of burned toast, then there could be a problem with your clutch or the break pads. This is hard to determine and so you would need a mechanic to check it out. The cost therefore could be anything from a few pounds to a couple of hundered, depending upon the damage. A more serious issue is that of smelling smoky exhaust fumes. This is due to the breathing in of carbon monoxide. This needs urgent attention by a professional as there could be a crack or split anywhere within the exhaust system. This can be costly and may set you back hundreds of pounds. 

Smelling Fuel

If you smell fuel within your car, the most probable reason is that of flooding the engine. However, if this is the case, then the smell should quickly fade. If the smell of fuel persists then this means that something else is wrong. A possible cause could be an injector leak, although these are not very common. A more common reason is that of a fuel tank leak that could mean a rotted tank. This can often be found out by seeing a spot of fuel on the road underneath the car. Fuel line leaks are also common due to corrosion. All of these issues are easily fixed and not too costly. 

Noise from Blowing Exhaust

As well as this being very annoying, and noisy, over time your car can lose power and the engine can become damaged due to overheating. The exhaust pipe could also become lose and fall off. Therefore if you have a noisy and blowing exhaust, you need to get it checked out quickly. The cost for replacing the exhaust is usually fairly inexpensive and less than a hundred poonds. 

Noise from Squealing Fan Belt

If you hear a squealing noise when driving, then most probably it is coming from a damaged fan belt. This may be due to a misalignment or simply from the belt acclimating grease and dirt. Although belts can be cleaned and spray applied, the most obvious way to get rid of the squealing noise is to replace the belt. Fan belts are fairly cheap, under £50, but price depends upon your make and model of car. 

Seeing Steam 

Seeing steam usually means that the radiator is overheating. This is not life threatening, but it is advised that you seek professional advice sooner rather than later. The problem will only become worse and will cost you more in the long run. The cost for a new radiator can start at £30 upwards. 

Customers who purchase a car from Autochoice Bristol have peace of mind in knowing that their car comes with a 3 month RAC warranty and breakdown cover. More information can be found at www.autochoicebristol.com/rac-buysure.