How Used Cars Can Last Longer
The way to increase the life of your car is really no secret – it’s all about regular maintenance. If you are someone who is more mechanically inclined, you can do a lot of the routine maintenance yourself. The other option is to take it to the repair shop. Find out how often the manufacturer recommends that you get your car checked – for many it’s about every 3,000 miles – and follow that schedule.
It doesn’t matter the type of car you have. Even a top of the line vehicle won’t last very long if it is not maintained.
- Perform routine maintenance.
You need to make sure you regularly change the oil and oil filter on the car. But don’t forget the other fluids and filters as well. You should routinely check your air filter. If it’s clogged, your engine is not going to function at its best.
You also want to make sure the coolant level in the car is where it should be. Without enough coolant, your engine can literally have a meltdown. Having the engine lubed properly can save you a lot of money from wear and tear.
Another thing to keep an eye on is tire pressure. Many people neglect to do this. You want to make sure the tire inflation is at the right pressure. Having low pressure is obviously not good for tires, and it hurts your gas mileage as well.
If you are taking your car to a repair shop for a check-up, use the same shop all the time. Just like a doctor, your mechanic can get to know your car’s history and how best to service it.
- Pat attention to your gauges.
If there is a problem with things such as oil pressure or coolant levels, you should see a gauge light up on the car’s dashboard. Don’t ignore it. Get the problem taken care of right away.
- Inspect your car.
Occasionally, take a few minutes and give your car a once over. Check the tires to see that they are wearing evenly. Take a look under the hood at the fluid levels and the hoses.
- Drive responsibly.
How you drive can also affect the life of your car. If you take off like a drag racer at a light or jam on the brakes, you are going to have more wear and tear on the car.
- Wash it regularly.
Washing and waxing your car regularly will also help maintain it and make it last longer. It will prevent rust from taking hold.
Buying a used car is less expensive than purchasing a new one, but it still will cost you thousands of dollars, so choose wisely. Check out the PAACO Automotive Group’s online inventory today. For more information, call us at 877-810-4555.