8 Ways to Lengthen the Life of Your Vehicle
Cars don’t last forever, but they can last longer than average with the right care and attention. Follow the tips below to not only get more miles in, but save big bucks at the auto repair shop.
1. Get your vehicle serviced regularly
This one might seem obvious but it’s still important. Your vehicle’s service manual includes a guide for regular maintenance and following it can prevent a lot of issues. Be sure to check it closely, as some replacements will be based on time rather than mileage.
2. Keep a repair fund
Unexpected car expenses can throw a wrench in your plans, and waiting too long to get problems fixed can cause even more problems in the long run. Put a little money away at a time so auto repairs don’t break the bank.
3. Change the air filter
It’s the little things sometimes. Dirty or clogged air filters can lead to engine trouble and lower gas mileage. A quick fix to prevent big problems!
4. Keep it clean
A paint job doesn’t just make your car look good, it protects and deflects. Washing away salt, irritants and grime from the body and undercarriage can keep your car looking and running great longer. Bonus: getting up close and personal with your car gives you the opportunity to notice small problems before they become larger ones.
5. Keep battery connections clear
Batteries keep your car going, so you need to keep them going. Check the wiring and connections for corrosion. If it looks crusty or like coral, take a wire brush to it.
6. Flush the coolant system
Flushing and changing the coolant once a year will keep your cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and break down.
7. Take it easy
Driving calmly can keep you and your car running longer. Occasionally hitting the gas isn’t going to hurt anything but being easy on the brakes and engine is best.
8. Choose a trusted auto shop
Having a relationship with your mechanic or a regular auto repair shop is key to keeping your car on the road for longer. Getting into an auto repair shop is often easier and faster than getting into a dealership. Also, feeling comfortable calling with a question or concern is going to save you time and trouble.
Car Crafters in Albuquerque can help you keep your car driving for longer, from a simple air filter change to large, and sometimes inevitable repairs. Car maintenance can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be, so call a Car Crafters location and get started.