What Causes a Car to Breakdown?

Cars can be rather temperamental pieces of machinery which means that it is important that you give them high quality maintenance and care. After all, the last thing you want to do is find yourself stranded on the roadside because your trusty motor has failed. With this said, it can be difficult to predict when and why a car may breakdown and sometimes they may even pass their MOT with flying colours just the week before. In order to ensure that you know what to watch out for we have put together a few reasons why your car may be breaking down...


Whilst the battery in a brand new vehicle is generally in tip top condition, a car that has seen better days may not have one in such a good shape and this may mean that you are at risk of breaking down. After all, a faulty battery could go at any minute and without a functioning one you are stranded until rescue and help arrives. The majority of breakdowns tend to be the result of a damaged battery.


As a car operates it produces heat as a by-product and this can be dangerous when coupled with petrol or diesel as both of these fuels are extremely flammable. Luckily cars are designed in order to ensure that the temperature is regulated so you can keep yourself and your passengers safe. With this said, an engine that is overheating will often smoke and this can be down to anything from low coolant to a faulty component in the engine. You should keep your eye on the temperature gauge every now and then to ensure it is at a safe level as breaking down due to an engine failure usually incurs a hefty bill.


Your brakes are the only way that you can control your car so without them you are left operating a death machine on the road. In fact, severely worn brake pads make it almost impossible to stop the car, even in good weather conditions. If you feeling like your breaking is faulty you should consult an expert before a breakdown occurs due to the vehicle being too unsafe to drive.

Here at V12 Sports and Classics we know how time consuming it can be to suffer from a breakdown. After all, getting in contact with a rescue and repair services is only half of the solution. Our selection of used BMWs are serviced by the AA team in order to complete a comprehensive 128 multi-point check and ensure that your vehicle is road safe. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the V12 team today!