There’s no other way to put it: to buy a car is to make an investment. If you’ve splashed out thousands of dollars on a car, then it’s in your best interests to make sure that you keep it in good condition. Doing so will help stay looking new, improve the driving experience, and help keep the car on the road for as long as possible. And actually, it’s not so difficult to keep your car functioning well. It just requires a few simple steps, as we outline below.
First thing’s first: if you treat your car with respect, then you’ll be off to a good start. That means doing things like not letting trash collect inside, avoiding smoking and other things that’ll affect the interior, and keeping the car nice and clean. None of this takes much time at all, but it does help establish a standard for your vehicle. It’s once the standards begin to slip that a car begins its decline. Take pride in your vehicle, and it’ll last for a long time.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t really know your way around a vehicle: everybody can do basic car maintenance. You should regularly be doing things like checking the tire pressure, topping up the oil and engine coolant, and checking to make sure that the car’s battery is still working to the required standard. And talking of batteries: don’t wait until yours dies. Change your battery every few years to ensure maximum performance.
While you can take care of the basics of car maintenance, your car will last longer if you regularly let the experts take a look. Every so often, take it into an auto repair garage for a check-up. They’ll be able to diagnose and fix any slight problems that might affect performance before they become too serious. Also, if possible try and take it to the same mechanic throughout the car’s lifetime. Having an expert who knows your vehicle better than you or the manual will go a long way to improving its longevity. Another good piece of advice is to take your car to the garage at the first hint of any problem. It might be easy to correct right now, but cause much bigger problems if left unattended.
On a day to day basis, we can take care of our car by improving our driving. If you’re using and abusing your car by accelerating fast and braking late, you’ll be putting it under unnecessary strain – and spending more money on fuel in the process. If you treat your car gently, it’ll last the distance. If you’re putting it under strain, then you’ll be causing problems.
When Not In Use
We only spend a small amount of time in our car; for the most part, they’re left unattended. When not in use, avoid leaving your car for long periods in direct sunlight, as this will affect the car’s paint job. Also, if you live in a densely populated area, you might want to consider investing in secure, undercover parking, as cars in busy areas are more likely to be bumped.