Make Your Car Last Longer

Posted on: May 23rd, 2018 by Webolutions Hostmaster No Comments

make your car last longerPurchasing a vehicle is a big investment. It makes sense that you would want to get the most out of your investment as possible. In this case, that means making sure your car runs like new for as long as possible and keeps on running well past when it’s “like new” days have come and gone. As your auto body repair team, we know a good, reliable car can take you well over 200,000 miles and last you years upon years, but there are also a variety of things you can make your car last longer and get every last mile possible out of it.

Regular Maintenance

This first one is really a gimme to make your car last longer, but it’s worth mentioning because though it seems obvious, many vehicle owners space it off. Keeping up with the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle is one of the most important keys to making sure you get the most out of your vehicle. Without proper maintenance, regular oil changes, tire rotations, filter changes and more you are creating an environment that fosters breakdown and issues that may seem isolated at the time only to become bigger issues later in your vehicle’s life. Taking the car in for regular maintenance keeps precious years on its life and keeps it running like new for as long as possible.

Keep it Clean

Along with regular vehicle maintenance, regular cleaning impacts how long your car will last as well. Getting to the car wash on a regular basis may not seem like a priority, but doing so prevents environmental wear and tear on the exterior of your vehicle that can lead to weaknesses in the body. These may leave the critical components of your car open to vulnerabilities. It also protects you from rusting and premature paint decay. All of these things serve both a cosmetic and mechanical purpose when it comes to prolonging the longevity of your vehicle.

Give it a Break

We live in a world where running out of the house and running late is not uncommon – it’s often the norm. But what you might not be aware of is that when you first start your car after it’s been off for a long period of time, it needs to warm up. Let it idle for 30-60 seconds after starting the ignition before you put it in gear and get going. This will give your vehicle the time it needs to get going and run smoothly and to the best of its ability on the road.

Clear Out the Trunk

Here is one you may not consider when trying to make your car last longer. If you’re in the habit of keeping a lot of stuff in the trunk of your vehicle, it might be time to rethink that philosophy. Lots of extra cargo adds lots of extra weight, and if that weight is left in your vehicle over time it can increase the speed at which your tires and bearings wear out. It can also make your car wear unevenly, causing a whole host of other problems.

No matter how great a job you do of taking care of your vehicle, eventually things will start to fail. When they do, make sure you have a trusted mechanic on hand to turn to for the repairs you need.

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