You may or may not love your car, but you definitely don’t want it to die. Replacing a car takes a lot of energy and time and may cause a financial burden. To make your car last as long as possible, you need to take good care of it.
Keep out the Elements
The weather can have a surprisingly serious effect on your car. When a big storm, tornado or hurricane is approaching your area, try to move your car inside the garage. If you don’t have one, you should cover the windows to keep the glass from shattering if something blows into your car. Keep the gas cap on except when you are refueling. The fuel pump control module helps to keep your fuel as pure as possible, but you do not want to let anything besides fuel into your tank.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Just as you need to go to the doctor regularly to stay healthy, cars need regular maintenance at the shop. Your car’s sensors should alert you when it’s time for routine updates such as oil changes. Do not delay these visits to the shop, no matter how inconvenient they seem; serious issues can result if you do.
While it may seem obvious, your car will last longer if you are gentle with it. Do not slam doors or your trunk. Unless the alternative is an accident, do not slam on the brakes, since that will make them wear out more quickly. Be careful when you move the levers for the windshield wipers or your turn signals. It only takes a little extra thought to be easier with your car.
Keep your car on the road by taking care of it in these ways. You’ll get more mileage out of your car, and you’ll get where you need to go.