A 0.293-kg particle undergoes simple harmonic motion along the horizontal x-axis between the points x1 = -0.285 m and x2 = 0.395 m. The period of oscillation is 0.641 s. Find the frequency, f, the equilibrium position, xeq, the amplitude, A, the maximum speed, vmax, the maximum magnitude of acceleration, amax, the force constant, k, and the total mechanical energy, Etot.
I assume you mean that the car's motor is not running ... the car is just sitting there.
If that's so, then the car's mechanical energy is just like the mechanical energy of any other object. It has potential energy if it's in a high place from which it can roll or fall, and it has kinetic energy if it's moving.
-- If you make the car move by pushing it, then you gave it kinetic energy that it didn't have while it was just sitting there.
-- If it's already moving slowly, and you're able to make it move faster by pushing, then you increased its kinetic energy.
-- If you're able to push it up a hill, no matter how small the hill is but just to any higher place, then you gave it more gravitational potential energy than it had before you came along.
In all of these cases, if you exert a force and keep exerting it through some distance while the car moves, then you have done "work", which is just another name for mechanical energy, and your work adds to the mechanical energy of the car.
But if you didn't move the car, then no matter how hard you pushed, no work was done, and the car's mechanical energy didn't change.