If your car is behaving out of the ordinary, there’s a likely chance that something could be amiss. These are five common signs that your car is breaking down and needs maintenance/repair!

Warning Lights

If you notice warning lights flashing on your dashboard, it’s likely that there’s a issue under the hood. Warning lights can represent all sorts of problems ranging anywhere from a problem in the anti-lock braking system to low oil pressure. Warning lights usually illuminate for good reasons, so be sure not to ignore them.

Squealing/Grinding While Stopping

A noticeable squealing or grinding sound your car makes when you slow to stop is a common warning sign for failing brakes or brake pads. Ignoring this sign could result in overall brake failure, which could lead to a serious car accident.

Oil Spots Underneath the Car

Oil spots underneath a car can allude to a serious problem with a leak. A very slow leak likely won’t cause any immediate problems, but a leak that produces large puddles over short periods of time can empty the oil in your car quickly. Be sure to service your vehicle as soon as you start noticing major oil spots underneath.

Excessive Vibrating While Driving

Because there are loads of problems that can cause shaking or vibrating in a vehicle while it moves, it’s a good idea to service it as soon as possible. Common reasons for a vibrations while driving include your tire alignment being off, brake rotors being bad, or a brake caliper being stuck.

Slow Starting

Don’t ignore a car that is slow to start. This can be caused by a low battery, a failing alternator, a bad starter, and much more. Because it’s hard to pinpoint why cars start slowly at various times, it’s a good idea to have your car serviced ASAP.


Never assume that the symptoms your car is showing will simply go away on their own. Common signs such as these are often indicators of more major problems on the horizon if you neglect to have your car serviced. If you think your car is on its last life, we would love to help you find a new one! Call 469-804-2353 or visit our website to check out our large inventory of great quality vehicles!