Vehicle Maintenance Tips that Help You Save Money

A large part of being a driver and a vehicle owner is properly maintaining your vehicle. The majority of people want to get the most value out of their car and want to keep it on the road for as long as possible. Considering you spend good money to have a car, it’s extremely important to keep up with the maintenance (despite how much it costs) because if you fail to perform the necessary tasks and dedicate the time to keep your car in good condition, you are just throwing money away.

If you have had trouble keeping up with your vehicle maintenance or are not sure what you need to do to prolong the life of your vehicle, the following tips will provide you with some clarity as to what you need to do to keep your car in tip top shape year round:

1. Get an oil change as scheduled – Getting an oil change is not optional. Every vehicle needs to get a regular oil change based on what is outlined in the owner’s manual. If you are not sure how often to get one, talk to your car dealer or mechanic to get some guidance.

2.Use winter tires during the winter – If you live in an area that experiences cold and snowy winters then using winter tires will not only give you more traction on slippery surfaces, it will also help to prolong the lifespan of your regular tires.

3. Get your car winterized to handle poor weather – Getting your car ready for the winter is very important. Making sure you have the correct engine oil, washer fluid, antifreeze, durable windshield wipers, and a car battery that can withstand cold conditions.

4. Don’t let issues linger – One of the biggest mistakes made by drivers is letting minor issues linger. Having an “I will get to it later” attitude will not only impact your cars performance, it will also lead to larger and more costly problems in the future.

5. Park in covered areas – Parking in enclosed or covered areas will lessen the impact the weather has on your car.

6. Clean out your car – Cleaning out your car will reduce the amount of stress that is placed on your vehicle. The more weight placed on your car, the more gas you will burn and the harder your vehicle will have to work.

7. Wash regularly – Most people don’t realize how important it is to wash their vehicle regularly. Washing your car consistently, especially in the winter, will wash off things that can damage the exterior. Road salt, dirt, grime, oil, brake dust, and chemicals/debris that are picked up when you drive can cause damage to your car’s exterior.

Keeping your car in good shape is part of being a responsible vehicle owner. You will get more out of your investment, pay less on car insurance, have fewer issues, and will have to pay less for repairs. And, if you decide to sell your vehicle down the road, you will be able to get more money when you sell.

About the Author

By , on Jan 26, 2013
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of WorkSaveLive.com.

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{8 Comments}

  1. kirti nag says:

    Car insurance studies show that the average age of cars in the U.K. is increasing. 7.1 years was the average age of cars licensed in 2009, as opposed to 6.6 in 2003. Maintenance becomes a higher priority as cars age, so it is helpful to know the best places to get car parts at reasonable prices.

  2. David W says:

    Wash regularly = have your doors freeze shut regularly, at least in my area.

    One trick to reduce this is to wax the doors where they contact the rubber seals, but in reality if you’re going to wash your car during the winter you should either be parking it somewhere above freezing or dry off the door seals right away.

    Another thing to add would be only fill up at top tier gas stations (toptiergas.com). The gas you get from other stations may be fine, but the detergent levels aren’t as high as they should be. You also run a greater risk of water or other contaminents being in the gas. I avoid the “you pump” and “ma and pop” type gas stations unless absolutely necessary.

  3. Awesome tips, man! It is about time I start doing some of my own repairs and feel like a real MAN. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. David says:

    These are maintenance pointers that can really help many car owners. We have to look after the condition of our vehicles such as scheduling regular engine oil change, cleaning your car, checking tires and parking in safe places.

  5. Jose says:

    It’s worth mentioning that anyone who is at all handy with tools can save a few minutes and take care of the simpler maintenance themselves. Oil changes, replacing a cabin filter and even a tune-up are all within the capabilities of the average DIY person. A lot of money can be saved by doing routine maintenance yourself.

  6. I can totally agree on parking your vehicle in closed in areas such as a garage. It seems that salt can just destroy a vehicle if you don’t wash it regularly in the winter months. However like you pointed out if you just take care of it before things go bad it’ll be less likely to turn into a bad situation.

    This almost happened to me last fall when I noticed my truck tires were getting bald so I called my mechanic and he told me I hadn’t replaced my times since 2005. So I got them changed and avoided what could have been a bad situation.

  7. If you plan to keep your car running for a very long time, as I am trying to do, you need to be on top of the maintenance. Locate a reputable mechanic and get stuff the work done as it appears. The older your car the more you can count on some level of regular, and slightly costly, maintenance. Just budget and plan accordingly.

    There were a few times that I let things linger and paid the price for it. Now I try not to do that any more.

  8. Parking under cover is particularly important if you live in an area with snow. It’s amazing to me how much more beat up my parents cars were before they built their garage. The salt, snow and gravel are terrible for the underside of your car.

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