Your vehicle is a major investment. Whether you purchased it new or used, you want it to last. The longer it lasts, the longer you can put off buying a new vehicle. Plus, it’s always great when you can squeeze a few extra years out of the vehicle after it’s all paid off. Saving money on the monthly car payment feels great and it helps put more cash back into your bank account. In order to help you take better care of your vehicle, here are five tips to make your car last longer.
1. Follow the Recommended Service Schedule
Everything in your vehicle has a shelf life. Some parts of the vehicle are designed to last longer than others. This is why every vehicle comes with an established service schedule. By following the recommended service schedule, you’ll stay on top of any repairs, plus your mechanic will be able to identify any problems that may be creeping up on you.
You should never wait for your vehicle to run into a performance problem before taking it in. If you wait, you’ll end up spending more than necessary on a repair that could have been done months, if not years earlier. This simple car care tip will help extend the life of your vehicle.
2. Car Wash
While washing your car may seem like a cosmetic thing, it goes beyond that. Your vehicle starts to rust when exposed to the elements. While it’s more likely to rust from salt used on roadways during winter, it’s possible for a vehicle to rust in just about any climate. By washing your vehicle, you’ll greatly reduce these chances. Washing the car will help remove the minerals and other gunk that eats away at the paint and metal of your vehicle. Just remember to have the underside of your car washed every so often as well.
3. Oil Change
This is car care 101. You need to change the vehicle’s oil on a regular basis. The recommended service schedule in your owner’s manual will show you how often you should have the oil changed. Newer vehicles can typically go a bit longer than older ones, but whatever the recommended schedule is, make sure to follow it. When your oil is being changed, make sure your service center is replacing the oil filter as well.
4. Drive Your Vehicle Smoothly
You probably know someone who rides the gears of their manual transmission for way too long. You can hear the transmission calling out, wanting to shift, but they don’t. You also probably know someone who rides their brakes and is a jerky driver. Avoid being either of these kinds of drivers as this will wear down not only your transmission, but your entire brake system.
5. Check Fluids
One car care tip is to regularly check your fluid levels. This is more than just checking your oil. Check your brake fluids, transmission fluids, power steering fluids and so on. You don’t need to be a mechanic to check the fluids and top them off when low.
Bring Your Vehicle to the Experts
When it does come time for your vehicle to be serviced, you need help with your car care, or if it has been involved in an accident, our staff here at Brown’s Collision Center is here to help. From minor repairs to major overhauls, our team of licensed and trained mechanics can handle any make and model. To learn more about our services or to schedule your next appointment, feel free to give us a call at your earliest convenience.