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How to Make Your Car Last for Years
Whether you have a brand new car or one that has been with you for a few years, it’s always a good idea to keep it in good condition so it can be of service to you for a long time. Perhaps you might consider selling it down the road? It doesn’t matter what your ultimate plan for your ride, maintaining it inside and out should be your priority as a vehicle owner.
In case you’re new to car ownership, here are a few basic things you should do with your ride.
1. Give it a wash and wax.
If you drive your car every single day, a weekly wash up is recommended. But if it’s seldom used, like you take it out only a few times in a month, I’d say a monthly wash will do.
When it comes to cleaning your car, it’s important that you use the proper cleaning materials. For instance, don’t ever use a dishwashing liquid or detergent as it can be too harsh for your car’s paint. There are many affordable car shampoos that are of good quality.
You should also invest in a good wax. Now it doesn’t matter whether it’s a spray wax or a paste wax, it’s really based on your preference. But if you don’t like working too hard applying wax, I suggest you use a spray wax instead. It’s very easy and quick to apply, excellent for very busy people.
2. Fix all bumps and scratches.
Don’t be like most people who ignore the bumps and scratches that their vehicles get due to regular use. The reason is most rust problems begin through these small cracks in a car that are often left unnoticed or unfixed.
Also, check first if you can have a bumper repaired instead of replacing it outright. Sometimes it is cheaper to just have it fixed compared to getting a replacement for that part.
Besides, don’t you want to be seen in a car that still looks in great shape after years of use?
3. Change the oil regularly.
Perhaps one of the most important maintenance stuff that you should be doing for your car is to change its oil. This is where your car’s manual will come very handy. Find out what type of oil you should use and how often you should replace it. It really depends on the vehicle’s manufacturer. And when it comes to the oil, it depends on the climate on where you use your ride.
4. Always check the perishables.
These are the tires, battery, windshield wipers, brake pads, and spark plugs if you’re running a petrol engine. Also including the fluids such as brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and the windshield wiper fluid. It’s always a good idea to check at least the fluids and the air in your tires once a week. For the other ones, you can do it on a monthly basis or at least whenever you have your engine oil changed by your mechanic.
5. Drive smart.
This is probably the best advice I can give you. Drive smart and be a defensive driver. Don’t push your car too much especially if it’s not really designed for it. For example, don’t speed up all the time if what you drive is just a city car. And don’t go off the road if you don’t have a 4x4. And above all, drive safe so you can avoid any accidents that might endanger your car, yourself, your passengers, and other motorists or pedestrians.
Love your ride!
If you want your car to reach the six figure mark in terms of mileage, you need to show more love to it. Don’t abuse it. Drive it the way it was originally designed to be driven and you’ll be sure to enjoy more years with your ride.