The economy is rough and gas prices are on the rise. So it comes as no surprise that you want to keep your car running in tip-top shape for as long as possible. After all, not everyone has the funds to drop on a new vehicle in today’s economy.
Keeping your car in the best running shape possible is not that difficult. It just takes a little time and effort on your part. If you are willing to invest in your investment – your car – your automobile will have a long and happy life.
1. Use common sense when driving – Instead of adding unnecessary wear and tear on your car by racing away from every stop sign, accelerate gently. Not only will you use less gas, you will lessen the wear on your brakes. Make all of your stops in one, long trip, rather than taking your car out numerous times throughout the day.
2. Pay attention to your choice of gas stations –Choose a reputable gas station when buying fuel. The damage you can do to your car from cheaper, possibly watered-down gas will cost you much more than a few extra cents on quality fuel.
3. Take care when choosing an insurance provider – Yes, you can find the minimum required insurance for a low cost – everyone has seen the T.V. commercials. However, you get what you pay for – if your car is damaged in an accident, you want the best coverage possible to ensure repairs are made.
4. Keep your key chain light – Heavy key chains can cause damage to your ignition – so lighten the load and have only a minimal amount of extras on your key chain.
5. Write it down – Keep track of your mileage at every fill-up. If you notice your mileage decreasing, it could be a sign of a problem.
6. Keep it in the shade – Park your car in the shade to minimize possible sun damage to your car’s interior.
7. Check your gauges – Keep your gauges clean so you can always see them with ease. The last thing you want is a scratched, dirty gauge that prevents you from seeing a warning light.
8. Keep it clean – Not just the outside, but also the interior of your car. Dirt and grime can cause damage to your car’s interior. So when you wash it, vacuum and clean the interior, too.
9. Be careful if you are stuck – Use caution when trying to get your car unstuck. You can damage your motor or transmission if you get too rough. If you cannot get out right away, call for help.
10. Take care with storage – If you need to store your car for an extended period of time, do it right. Add a wax and finish to protect the exterior, make sure the parking brake is not engaged, and stuff a rag in the tailpipe to keep moisture at bay.
11. Utilize floor mats – They protect the carpet in your car. While they may not be the prettiest, they keep the mud and dirt away from the flooring in your car.
12. Fix leaks right away – If you notice air or water leakage around your doors, replace the weather-stripping as soon as possible to prevent any damage. Park in the same place – do you see drip marks? They could be a sign of low fluids or cracked/broken hoses and belts.
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