Making Your Car Last Longer
Levi Quinn (SubmitYOURArticle.com)
May 14, 2011
The most expensive thing about owning a car is purchasing a new one; tags, plates, insurance, etc. By putting a little love and attention into the car you own now, you can actually delay the buying process for several years. If you're driving around a paid-off car you'll get to skip out on monthly payments and pay less in insurance premiums. Your car is probably one of the most expensive things you own, so why not treat it that way? Here are some tips to ensure your car makes a few more trips down that highway:
• The owner's manual is there for a reason. You'll want to follow the manufacturer's recommendations on oil changes and regular maintenance check-ups. In fact, throw that old oil change every 3,000 miles rule out the window, instead look up how many miles your specific car's oil needs to be changed. This will help you build a check-up routine and regular visits to the mechanic can help spot problems that could impair the overall wellbeing of your car. However, you want to double-check every repair your dealer or mechanic suggests with the owner's manual. For example, a dealer might recommend a transmission flush at 20,000 miles, while the manual says 80,000. Considering transmission flushes can run up to $120, you might want to keep in mind the dealer's motives.
• Make a new friend. No, not just anyone, make good with your mechanic. You want to go to someone you trust for repairs, just like you should ultimately buy a car from a dealer you trust. Even if you become pals with your mechanic you should plan on getting a second opinion on costly repairs and remember, you don't have to say yes to every repair suggested.
• Online forums. Utilizing online forums will give you a chance to spot potential car problems down the road. Most cars have an enthusiastic online following and this will give you a chance to discuss issues, repairs, common problems, etc.
• Don't ignore "that sound." You want to pay close attention to not only your car's sounds but also warning lights and cosmetic issues, like loose bumpers, rubber trim, etc. Ignoring a problem will only make it worse in the long run and thus, more expensive to fix. If you know your way around a car you're probably able to make small repairs yourself, but don't forget to seek advice on big problems.
• Love that car! Wash, wax and vacuum your car. Treat leather surfaces and paint exteriors with TLC. Doing these things will prevent premature aging on both the exterior and interior of your car.
You may want to "treat" your car every once and while by having it detailed and shampooed. You can also consider buffing out scratches and removing small dents. Think about it, the better your car looks the more you'll want to take care of it. Your car is one the most important things you own, as it gets you to work, home and even play. Taking care of your car will allow you to enjoy its benefits longer and reduce new car costs in the future.
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