Tips on How to Maintain Your Car
After the acquisition of a family home, automobiles are often the next most significant purchase that we make in our lifetimes. While we usually buy cars more often than we buy houses, they are still a long-lasting purchase and the buying process should be approached with deliberation to avoid mistakes. With better materials and the amount of precision that today’s cars are built with, they are lasting a much longer time, making pre-owned cars a very attractive option. If you opt for a used car, giving it the proper attention can help it to last longer and run better with fewer days spent in the repair shop.
Consumers who are looking for an affordable transportation option often find a pre-owned car that meets their needs. Proper care can help a well-built car last years, while providing reliable transportation. Proper car maintenance is as simple as tracking fluids, lubricants, and systems. Throw in some protective measures like sun shades, tire rotation, and undercarriage waxing, and you will be good to go. The following tips on proper car maintenance can help you keep your car running well for many years to come.
Regular Oil Changes
Oil is the blood of a car engine and must be changed on a regular basis, and this is one area where it makes sense to spend more for a better product. Putting in the best oil you can afford into your car will help it run better and prevent some costly engine problems. Don’t forget to change your oil with the proper oil weight as often as recommended by your manufacturer or you could end up with a very expensive engine problem that can put your car completely out of commission.
Tire Quality and Rotation
Tires can be expensive to replace but keeping them properly rotated can help to add miles to their life. Your entire car is resting on the tires and it does not make sense to go cheap when purchasing them. In fact, cheaper tires will wear more quickly and require replacement sooner than their higher-quality counterparts. This is another area where it makes sense to spend a little more to get a higher standard of product.
Change Fluids and Coolants
When you take your car in for the regular oil change, have the shop conduct a full review of your car’s basic systems. This will prevent costly repairs down the road that can be easily avoided by maintaining the proper level of fluids. Coolants should be changed based on the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and should be on your list of regular car maintenance tasks. If you are feeling truly inspired, it’s worth the time to learn how to check and properly manage your car’s fuel levels. This is one aspect of car maintenance that you can carry out yourself if you have the correct knowledge.
Keep It Clean – Especially the Undercarriage
Keeping your car washed and clean does make it look better, but it also helps to protect the body from damage and corrosion. When washing the car, don’t forget to get the undercarriage nice and clean. It is in this area that dirt and debris can build up and create problems if left unattended for too long. Regular washing and waxing is a great way to protect your car well into the future.
Maintain Proper Lubrication
The interworking joints and gears of a car’s engine must be properly lubricated to function well. Do not overlook this step in the maintenance process. Because we don’t often look that closely into the inner workings of car engines, this task is often left until it is too late, and the damage is done. Keeping everything lubricated helps to decrease friction and the type of wear and tear that can lead to more expensive engine issues.
Protect the Interior from Sun Damage
No one wants to drive around in a car with a cracked dashboard or other unsightly interior damage. If you are going to be parked outside for an extended period of time, look for a shady spot. If you live in a warm and sunny environment, or in the hot summer months, and park your car outside on a regular basis, it’s worth the time and effort to invest in a foil sunshade. These simple products protect your car from excessive heat and potentially damaging sun rays. In addition to the cosmetic and surface damage that the sun and its heat can cause, is the potential harm to your car’s computer and electronic systems.
Replace Brake Fluid and Pads as Necessary
Brakes are a key part of the car and should be treated accordingly. If you are taking your car in for regular maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotation, the brakes should also be checked during these appointments. Brake pads and rotors should be changed as necessary and keeping brake fluid at the correct levels will help to keep those more expensive equipment items running well. If your brakes are squeaking, it is likely time to give them some attention. However, if you are properly caring for your brake system, they should never squeak or screech.
Following this list of helpful and straightforward tips can keep your vehicle well-maintained and running smoothly. With the proper care and attention, today’s best-made cars can last for hundreds of thousands of miles, making them a functional and wise investment. When you have a regular maintenance schedule that you follow, these steps are simple to follow. When you buy your new car, be sure that you take the time to find a garage that you can trust. Having a partner working with you to keep your car running smoothly can make a world of difference! Follow these simple steps to keep your car in great shape for years to come.
And when it’s time to replace that vehicle, think of Fairless Motors. Not only do we maintain an extensive inventory or low mileage pre-owned vehicles, we will be happy to take your vehicle in on a trade-in, which you can put towards the purchase of your new car or truck. Go to our Value-Your-Trade page, fill out the simple form, and we’ll get back to you within 48 hours with an estimated appraisal.