No one wants to spend every couple of years buying new cars. At least I don’t. If I buy a car, I want it to last for 10 years or more…. if I can make it last. So, I’ve put together a list of a couple of things you can do yourself to make sure to keep your car driving for years to come.
Avoid aggressive driving
This is something I’ve never been one to do (ok maybe once or twice) but I knew it had been known to wear down your car faster. It isn’t just the engine, the tires as well. Let your car accelerate and decelerate at its normal rate to help it keep driving at tip top shape.
Avoid short distances and stop and go driving
Driving short distances can take a toll on your car especially in the winter. Not giving the car enough time to warm is what can wear down your car.
Keep exterior paint clean
I have a hard time keeping my car clean. I mean, I drive the kids everywhere! But I do try to take the car in for a car wash whenever I get the chance. My local dealership actually washes the car every time I get an oil change because they have a car wash on site. Free washes for as long as you own the car.
Keep interior clean and protect it
Not only should you keep the inside of your car clean, but make sure to protect your leather if you have it. You don’t want the leather to crack or anything. Like I said, with kids, it’s hard but I try to do what I can to keep everything looking nice.
Change engine oil and filter when recommended
Your manual will tell you how often you should change your oil. Or (if you are like me) you could just make sure you schedule everything through your dealership. They know what the recommended times are and can keep you up to date. I am thankful for dealerships like Bosak Honda Highland so I don’t forget.
Keep tires properly inflated and rotated
Very easy to keep up. Most places will check your tires and rotate them when you take them in for an oil change. I always get mine done then.
Get a tune-up
A tune-up is a major service that includes an oil change, replacement of an engine air filter, spark plugs and possibly a few additional items. It is recommended every 30,000- 45,000 miles for older cars but not as often for newer ones. Check your manual to see when it is recommended.