5 Tips To Increase The Life Of Your Car

Some tips from insurance pros!

Before discussing tips to keep your car running strong, it’s important to talk about the car itself. While patience and money can facilitate just about any vehicle to reach 200,000 miles, this isn’t always a reliable, or financially-responsible idea. That’s why it’s important to invest in a car model with a reliable track record. When choosing your car, check out credible sources like Consumer Reports, which offers comprehensive information on the reliability of both new and used cars.

With a dependable car that fits your lifestyle, you can immediately start taking these five necessary steps to ensure your car lasts as long as possible.

1.   Change Your Filters

Regularly changing your oil and oil filter is one of the cardinal rules of owning a car. However, there are several other filters that also need attention and maintenance. Along with your oil filter there are three other main types of car filters:

  • Air filter: cleans the air that enters the engine for combustion
  • Cabin air filter: helps ensure the health of the engine as well as the health of the passengers
  • Fuel filter: removes impurities from petrol fuel and water in diesel fuel

If neglected, each of these filters can greatly affect the fuel efficiency and overall health of your vehicle. In order to maintain a properly functioning engine, have these filters checked regularly and don’t hesitate to replace when needed.

2.   Always Check Tire Pressure

Though about 85% of drivers say they are concerned about maintaining properly inflated tires, only 25% of that population actually takes the right measures to do so. It comes at no surprise, then, that tires are typically one of the most neglected parts of the car.

However, by abiding by the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure, you can better care for the integrity of your tires and improve your car’s fuel efficiency. Moreover, having properly inflated tires greatly adds to the safety of your vehicle. Experts recommend doing a quick pressure-check every time you’re at the gas pump. Filling your tires has a huge impact, so make this a habit you become accustomed to.

3.   Be A Good Driver

Think back to the day you took your driver’s license test. How did you drive then? Chances are you braked softly, accelerated gently, took easy turns, and used extra caution when changing lanes or proceeding through stops.

Fast-forward to how you drive today. Do you drive the same? Or are you quick to hit the brakes, hard onto the accelerator, or take tight turns? Unfortunately, most drivers tend to become less careful about these issues over time. Making an effort to pay attention to your driving habits and driving smarter will have a great impact on how well your car holds up.

4.   Keep A Maintenance Schedule

Though there are several steps you can take to personally increase the lifespan of your car, keeping a schedule to have your car professionally maintenanced will ultimately help ward off any serious or threatening problems. It’s important to choose a trusted mechanic who will help you stick to a normal schedule and who knows your car’s history. If you go to a different mechanic each time, they won’t know the work you’ve had done or the issues your car may have experienced in the past.

By staying on a regular maintenance schedule, you can avoid spending money on preventable repairs or unnecessary parts. Your trusted mechanic will keep charts that tell your car’s mechanical story, and they will know when to perform service in addition to what’s in your owner’s manual.

5.   Keep It Clean

 

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Taking care of the exterior and interior of your car is essential when increasing its lifespan. By regularly washing and waxing your car, the paint will not only remain in pristine shape, but it will continue to do its purpose of protecting the physical material of your car. Along with regular cleanings and waxings, you should also cover your car as much as possible. Whether you store your car in a garage, under a carport, or a car-cover, keeping it out of the direct sun, away from bird droppings and tree sap, and protecting it from other harsh elements, will help maintain the integrity of your car’s body.

Similarly, be mindful about keeping the interior of your car clean. Don’t wait to clean up spills, vacuum carpet regularly, and wipe the dash to prevent any marks or stains from becoming permanent.

Keeping your car in good shape won’t just help it last longer and make it fun to drive, but it will also help you save money on car insurance. In fact, many insurance agencies offer rewards for safe driving that can help cut monthly insurance costs, and driving a safe, reliable car model will inevitably come with a lower insurance premium. Visit Bradenton Insurance to find out more about how keeping your car in lasting condition will help you save on insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

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About dontgetwrenched

Elayne Kling, was the owner of a downtown Manhattan auto repair shop for 25 years and recently in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, www.ZPAUTO.com. Elayne knows the particular ins and outs of the auto repair world and keeps up her blog because people will always need help navigating the potential pitfalls of that world. Due to the crazy NYC real estate market she has since closed down her shop and started a new business called Projects Unlimited Inc., helping other small businesses. www.projectsunlimitedinc.com
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6 Responses to 5 Tips To Increase The Life Of Your Car

  1. Keep your car in mint condition to increase life of your car, it is very essential to do the above mentioned steps. Also your car’s interior deserves the best. Start by installing custom fit car seat covers.

  2. Anton says:

    I especially find the “keep it clean” part to be true. All my vehicles i’ve ever owned, I kept insanely clean. They never left me stranded or disappointed 😉 (knocks on wood)

  3. Matthew says:

    In addition to changing your filters, hange your oil and spark plugs. Just keeping up on your basic maintenance goes a long way.

  4. GRControls says:

    Regular maintenance and driving practices affect a vehicle’s lifespan, but we also need to consider the quality of the automobile’s mechanical, safety, and interior features. Especially when shopping for a used car, quality-made mechanisms can increase durability, efficiency, and reliability. These tips can help increase the life of a car, but each driver needs to complete extensive research about any vehicle before signing on the dotted line.

  5. Richard W. says:

    If you go to a place that tends to have a busy line at the gas station (like costco or sam’s club), you may not have time “at the pump” to check your tires. You may want to pull over to a parking space afterward to check. Or, you can just do it in the morning before you leave. This way, since the engine is still cold, you can look under the hood to check your oil and coolant levels too.

  6. Tony M. says:

    Thank you for sharing! I’d like to add that if you want to keep up your car’s maintenance schedule, there are lots of free apps in the google play store and Itunes store that you can use to record the maintenance you do on your car. Then it’s just a matter of keeping a folder with all your receipts as a physical record of the work being done.

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