As car owners ourselves, we think there is at least one thing we can agree on – We want to get the most life out of our vehicles!
Whether your car is ten years old or brand new, we can all concur that we expect a certain number of miles out of our vehicles!
Here are five key tips to getting the most life out of your car:
Follow a Maintenance Schedule
Depending on the brand, model, and make of your car, your vehicle has its own unique maintenance schedule. Typically, there are schedules based on thousands of miles such as 15,000, 30,000, 50,000 and so on and so forth. These milestones might not sound like a big deal, but it is extremely crucial that we stick to them for preventative measures. This maintenance schedule will save you money, time, and frustration down the road.
Change the Timing Belt (On Time)
Like we just discussed, the timing belt should be on your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. While the timing belt is an expensive car part, it is still an extremely crucial one that you can’t ignore. Depending on your type of vehicle, the timing belt is responsible for different functions. Forgoing changing a timing belt could lead to major car problems down the road and end the life of your car earlier than expected.
Make Friends with a Solid Mechanic – LIKE US!
Just like we trust doctors and other specialists with our livelihood, you should do the same with a mechanic and your dear car. A solid mechanic is one that you can trust to be honest about your car and still give you a fair price.
Trust Quality Parts
Attempting to save a few dollars here and there could seriously cost you, and your car, down the road. Substituting out crucial and quality parts for cheaper ones could lead to severe damage and repairs in a couple of years. We suggest trusting your mechanic with well-known, trusted car part brands and suppliers. These quality parts will do their job and meet expectations.
Use Your Senses! (Sight, Smell, Touch, Sound)
Last but not least, use common sense. This means everything from paying attention to warning lights, getting a feel for tire pressure, listen for the sound of the engine, and looking out for weird or concerning smells. Chances are if it “feels” wrong, there is something wrong and you should immediately schedule a checkup.
Following these five easy tips is sure to help your vehicle make it to 200,000 miles. Why not shoot for 250,000? The better and more regular care you take of your car, the longer it will be around. In conclusion, pay attention to your car, keep up with regular maintenance, and when it does come time for repairs, don’t skimp out.