Modern vehicles can be complicated, but when you have a rent-to-buy vehicle from Earn-a-Car, vehicle breakdown and roadside assistance are included in your agreement. When purchasing a car, it is always good to at least scan through the owner’s manual to familiarise yourself with the content and find out where the car can go for its regular service in future. But what do you do when your car’s engine light comes on?  

What does the Automobile Association say?

According to the Automobile Association (AA), if the car’s engine light is always on and there is no loss of power, you can continue driving but should have it checked out as soon as possible. However, if the engine light is flashing whilst you are driving, stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. Restart the engine after two minutes to reset the engine management system and if the light continues flashing, turn off the engine and call for a breakdown service.    

What might cause the car’s engine light to come on?

There are a few common problems that might cause the rent-to-own car’s engine light to come on.

  • Loose fuel cap
  • Oxygen sensor failure
  • Catalytic converter failure
  • Spark plug/ignition coil issues
  • Bad spark plug wires
  • Mass airflow sensor failure
  • Issues with an aftermarket alarm
  • Vacuum leak
  • Exhaust gas recirculation valve failure
  • Dead battery.

Don’t wait until the rent-to-buy car’s engine light comes on before you take your car for a service. Following the service record set by the manufacturer not only keeps you and your loved ones safe but also maintains the value of the car. 

Vehicle finance companies will not provide financing if you are blacklisted, but with Earn-a-Car this is not a problem. Contact us today for the best rent-to-buy car, even if you are blacklisted.