The last thing you want is to break down on the side of the road. Taking proper care of your car can preserve its life, keep its resale value high, and of course, create a more enjoyable ride. Why spend thousands of dollars to fix something that you could have prevented by regularly maintaining and servicing your vehicle?
Sometimes, life gets in the way, and it’s easy to forget proper maintenance for your car. Here are some reminders and tips to keep your car in shape and looking just as new as the day you bought it:
Follow the Maintenance Guidelines
Your car was designed to operate in a particular way, and your driver’s manual includes guidelines for scheduled maintenance to keep your car functioning. Preventative care will increase the longevity of the car and save you money on large bills to fix major problems. Have your oil changed frequently – every 3,000 miles is recommended. Also replace your air filter and rotate your tires every few months. Check your shocks, alignment, timing belt, and brakes.
Pay Attention and Know Your Car
Catching a problem early will also save you money on repairs and keep your car from deteriorating. Familiarize yourself with your car. Learn it’s usual noises and listen for new or strange sounds – pings, clangs, etc. When you do hear something, take it in for a check up.
Maintain the Interior
Avoid open bottles and cans just waiting to slosh liquid onto your leather interior. Cover drinks and avoid stains. Put mats down to protect the carpet. You don’t need to go crazy keeping it absolutely spotless, but maintain the cleanliness, vacuum and tidy up the car when you can. This will help maintain the resale value and also create a more enjoyable, comfortable driving experience.
Go Easy on Your Car
How you drive can affect the performance of your vehicle. Don’t rev the engine and don’t accelerate too hard. It may seem like fun now, but it won’t be when you have to pay the bill for repairs. Don’t let the car idle for too long and don’t keep heavy loads in the car (this will also help your fuel efficiency). Combine errands in one trip. Taking it easy on your car can keep it running more efficiently for longer.