Got an older car? Chances are you’ll have a problem or two along the way. Because you’re saving money by not having a car payment every month, an occasional repair can far outweigh the costs of having a new car.
Yet even an older car can be a good, reliable means of transportation. You just have to keep it well maintained month after month, and know how to troubleshoot along the way.
Start by knowing and listening to your car. Because you drive it every day, you’re the first person that should recognize when something is wrong. Is it making a new sound? Does it perform differently with the changing seasons? Pay attention to anything your car is trying to tell you.
Do a little research online. Google can provide you with a wealth of information – do a quick search and your questions can be answered in no time. Also find a local auto shop that cares enough to put quality information up on their website, to help provide you with the necessary information to keep your car healthy.
Make regular appointments for routine maintenance. Fill all your fluids periodically. Change your oil. Replace worn parts such as belts and wiper blades. Keep tires at their optimum level. Stick to manufacturers guidelines to ensure the best chance for a well running car.
And keep a local repair shop at hand for quality auto repair advice. It’s nice having someone you can rely on for great advice, knowing they will never steer you wrong.