Let’s not beat around the bush, here: cars are expensive. After your home loan, they could be the biggest cost in your life, so it’s important to get the most value possible out of it. But what can you do to make sure your car has a long and illustrious life? In this, guide, we’re going to talk you through some simple things you can do to get more out of your wheels.
Look after your tires
Car tires cause an enormous amount of accidents on the roads these days. But it isn’t that they aren’t made well. It’s more to do with the fact that people just don’t look after them. You need to keep your air pressure set at the optimal level and make sure you rotate your tires at least every 6,000 miles. If you don’t, your car won’t run at its optimum level, and it can cause it to work harder, shortening its life expectancy. And, of course, you will reduce the risk of a blowout.
Clean your engine
The Sunday car washer is a common sight here in the States – but is everyone doing a good enough job? All car engines get mucky, and they should be cleaned every two or three years to get rid of any gunk that has built up. Without a good clean, it’s going to be susceptible to overheating. It could then burn out your electronics, and, eventually, end up dying.
Find a good maintenance team
Everybody that drives should find an auto repair garage that they trust. Having a professional eye on hand to have a look at things every now and again is a great way to extend the life of your car. It needs maintenance and servicing to keep in great shape – at least two or three times every year. With a trusted mechanic checking things out, you can rest assured that you will avoid any attempts to relieve you of your money for no real reason.
The way you drive your car will have a significant effect on how long it lasts. If you enjoy thrashing it around the place, it won’t last five minutes, let alone five years. Instead, treat it well and stick to the optimum guidelines you find in your owner’s manual. Take it easier on your brakes, too – the more stop-starting you do, the worse it’s going to be for your car’s mechanical parts.
Change your oil
There is no reason you shouldn’t change your oil. It’s cheap, easy to do, and it will increase the life of your car by a significant amount. Most manufacturers have a guideline for how often you should change it, but it’s best to do it as often as you can. It keeps nasty materials out of your engine, keeps things running clean, and will extend your car’s life. It’s a no-brainer – so don’t miss out for the sake of a few dollars every few months.
Well, that’s all we have for the moment. If you have any other tips, please feel free to leave some tips for all our other readers in the comments section below.
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