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.
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