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How to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle
The average cost of a new car today is $33,666, according to Kelley Blue Book. If you’re already cringing at the idea of having a new monthly car payment, then it’s best to give your attention to the vehicle you already have.
All cars require the occasional repairs. But the cost of those repairs generally pales in comparison to the expense of purchasing a new vehicle. So if you want to save money over the long term, you need to extend the life of your vehicle as much as possible.
Here a few simple ways to do it:
1) Follow your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule as outlined in your operator’s manual. This generally includes a tune-up, fluid flushing and thorough inspection every few thousand miles to ensure your car is operating as designed.
2) Change your oil regularly – generally, every 3,000 to 4,000 miles, or as recommended by the manufacturer.
3) Check other fluids routinely, like antifreeze, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid. This is very easy — your operator’s manual will show you how and where.
4) Change the air filter as needed. This is another easy step, included in your operator’s manual, that can improve your gas mileage and maximize the life of your engine.
5) Respond to odd noises or behavior early. When you hear something, take it in for repair. Often, one damaged part can quickly lead to much larger problems. So it’s best to take action sooner, rather than later.
6) Go easy when driving to reduce the strain on the engine. That means easing from a stopped position, accelerating gently, and in general treating your car with respect, not abusing it.
7) Keep it clean! One of the most common reasons why people decide to trade-in for a new car is that their existing car feels old and dirty. Washing your car regularly will protect the paint, but also, more importantly, it will ensure you continue to take pride in your vehicle for years to come.