If you want to give your car a longer life, save money, and make sure you’re doing your bit for the environment, the advice here will help you. Cars can be a huge detriment to both your wallet and the environment, and having to buy a new car too often will damage them both. Below, you’ll find 7 things you can do to give your car a longer life. Take a look!
- Keep it clean and tidy
It seems like a no brainer, but some people still drive around in cars that closely resemble trash bins. A dirty car will lose value when you come to sell it. Not only that, it can spread bacteria, making you and your passengers sick. You’ll enjoy a higher gas mileage when your car is clean, and remember that trash may reduce your visibility in your mirrors and windows. Keep to a regular cleaning schedule and you shouldn’t have any problems.
TAKE IT FOR REGULAR CHECK UPS
Make sure you make a note of your next check up date and don’t miss it. Your car may need to visit the alignment shop to stay in tip top condition. If you see a light in your dash that doesn’t go away, don’t just cross your fingers and hope for the best. You should be booking an appointment with a garage.
- Drive Sensibly
The more sensibly you drive, the longer your car will last. Driving like an idiot causes more wear and tear on the car – plus, you’re putting yourself and other road users in danger. Both you and your car will enjoy a longer life when you drive sensibly.
- Stay On Top Of Home Maintenance
You don’t need to visit the garage every time something simple has to be done to your car. Make sure you keep fluids topped up, change your oil, change your filters regularly, and stay on top of other basic car maintenance tasks. You should know how to put air in your tyres and check the pressure, too.
- Stay Mindful When Filling Up
All it takes is one lapse in concentration and you could fill your car up with the wrong fuel. This can have disastrous consequences, and you will need to get help to remove it. Pay attention at the gas station!
- Don’t Go Crazy With Your Keyrings
If you have a heavy set of keys, you could already be damaging your car. A heavy load of keyrings dangling from the ignition and then added bouncing could wear out the tumblers inside the ignition. Eventually, this can lead to ignition switch failure.
- Park In The Shade
A garage is the best possible place to park your car. However, if you don’t have one, try to park somewhere your car will be protected by shade. Bird droppings and bright sunlight can both damage your paint work. Make sure you only do this when it is safe to do so, however – if you’re parking in an area you’re not familiar with, a busier car park may be better.
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