You have 2 options really – keep spending money on a new car every few years (and on repairing the car in the interim) or keep your current car running and looking sharp for years to come.
Here are some top tips not only from Jack but from owners who have made their car last over 3,000,000 miles! (Gee Whizz!)
Start with a car you really like – because if you don’t then you’ll never care to look after it
Use one brand of oil – always ask a pro first which is best for your car and stick to it for uniform quality.
Windscreen wipers – the rubber portion on your wipers will always work best when clean, so it is a good idea to wipe them with denatured alcohol (91%) once a month. You can also use fine sandpaper (1000 to 2000 grit) to do the job. This will keep them flexible and better able to hold to the glass and wipe water and the debris away.
Change your oil and filter every year or every 10,000 miles – If there’s one thing that you should do to extend the life of your car’s engine then make sure it is this!
Tires – The best way to make sure your tires last a long time is to keep them properly inflated (paying special attention at the turning of the seasons), aligned, and have them rotated regularly as specified by the manufacturer. Doing this will ensure you get the maximum life out of each tire without wear becoming a problem.
Use factory equipment parts – they are more compatible with your car and thus makes it last longer.
Breaks – Similar to tires, you can make or break the longevity of your brakes and pads simply by the way you treat them. Drivers who are guilty of the speed-up and brake style of driving, not only waste fuel and increase their vehicle’s emissions, they also go through brakes quicker. By allowing your vehicle to gradually come to a stop by timing when you let off the accelerator or down shifting a manual transmission, you can greatly reduce the amount of wear on your brakes.
Wax your car twice a year – this protects the paint against oxidisation.
Battery – A vehicle’s battery should last you a number of trouble-free years, but if not cared for properly, their life can be greatly shortened. Proper care of your battery should include keeping it and its connection clean (1 tablespoon baking soda and water) and well insulated.
Noise – when your car starts to make a funny noise, don’t ignore it. The longer you wait, the greater potential for damage!
So there you have it – 10 useful tips that will help you reduce the cost of damage to your car and help it hold its value for longer!
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