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Milking the Mileage

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Milking the Mileage

Levi Quinn (SubmitYOURArticle.com)
May 12, 2011


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Your car takes up a lot of your resources. From car payments to fuel costs, you put a ton of money into keeping your vehicle running. As one of the biggest investments you will ever make, aside from maybe a house or children, you should certainly try to get the most out of your car. How? By milking the mileage—keeping your car maintained so that it can continue to provide reliable transportation for years to come.

Everyone knows that a great maintenance routine is important to keeping your car on the go, but what exactly does such a routine entail? Oftentimes, people simply refuse extra services that are offered by mechanics when they get their oil changed because they have the idea that these services are just meant to scam them out of a few more dollars. Truth be told, you should have a regular mechanic that you trust, so that this issue never arises. Oftentimes these maintenance services, though not necessary, will help your car run more efficiently—meaning investing in them will help you get more mileage out of your vehicle.

To help you figure out how to best keep your car running for as long as possible, here are a few tips:

1. Don't forget the oil change! Having the right amount of clean oil is super important if you want your car to run at an optimum level. Depending upon the make and model of your car, and the kind of oil that it uses, you can go anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 miles between changes, so make sure that you are clear on what your individual car needs.

2. Replace filters. Filters, when dirty, can cause your car to run inefficiently—meaning that every mile costs more money to drive. To avoid spending too much on fuel, and to prevent larger mechanical issues from cropping up thanks to an ineffective filter, make sure that all of your filters are clean, fit properly, and function as they should. Your mechanic will probably let you know when your filters need to be changed, but inquiring about it first can allow you to go ahead and learn about the service and plan your future budget to accommodate it.

3. Keep your tires in good shape. Having the proper amount of air in your tires can make all the difference when it comes to how quickly your car goes through fuel. Also, make sure that the tires on your car are the right ones. Manufacturers now design tires to be used in specific climates—so be sure that if you're living in the south you don't have tires made to withstand the demands of a snowy environment!

Overall, taking great care of your car is all you need to do to get the most out of it. As an expensive investment, your car should last quite some time, but ensuring that the proper repairs and preventative maintenance services are made will allow you to save big bucks on mechanical problems while avoiding the need to purchase a new car in the near future.

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