How to Extend the Life of Your Used Car

Cars are running for longer than ever these days, and you see more older vehicles on the road than ever before. Even an old vehicle is reliable if maintained properly. Treating your car with respect and care saves you money and increases its life. It can also help you reduce your impact on the environment.

Poorly maintained vehicles release one hundred times more pollution than those that are properly kept. So let's talk about some ways you can extend your used car's life and make sure it gets you from A to B for as long as possible.

Maintenance Schedules

Do everything you can to keep your car on a schedule. You need regular oil changes, tire rotations, air filter replacements, and more. Keeping your car on the schedule recommended by the manufacturer will prevent maintenance issues and alert you to problems early before they cost an arm and a leg.

If you can't locate your car's owner manual, or it never came with one, you should be able to find  a copy of the manual online. Make sure you top off fluids and check your tire pressure regularly, which is easy enough to do at home and then take your car to a dealership or mechanic for anything you don't feel comfortable doing yourself.

Keep records of the maintenance you have done and keep all of the receipts. If you have this maintenance done at a place that keeps records for you, you can always have them printed if needed. Otherwise, it's smart to keep a record in the event you sell the car, and the buyer asks. You can download apps for free on your phone that will help you if you don't want to keep track of all the paperwork yourself.

Topping Off Fluids

Oil, coolant, washer fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid are all important to the smooth operation of your car, and all of these things can be topped off at home for just the price of the fluid at an auto parts store.

Check these fluids every few weeks or once a month to make sure they're full. Keeping these full can help you maintain your engine between visits to the mechanic. Ideally, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid should never be low, so if they are, you most likely have a leak, and your car needs an inspection.

Unusual Noises

Always drive carefully to prevent unnecessary maintenance and repairs. Driving irresponsibly causes additional wear and tear on your car, which costs you money and reduces its lifespan. Things like shifting carelessly and accelerating quickly can wear almost every part of your car down very rapidly.

Drive as smooth as possible and take care with your car's controls to prevent this speedy wear and tear. Don't rush things like accelerating, braking, shifting, or steering. You should also spend some time riding silently in the car without music to listen for unusual noises.

Ticking, sputtering, and rattling are all indications that something could be wrong. If you hear anything unusual, have your car inspected as soon as possible to make sure nothing serious is wrong.

Rotate Tires and Check Tire Pressure

Check your tire pressure often. A tire gauge is an inexpensive tool that can save you a lot of money in many areas. Properly inflated tires give you better gas mileage, promote even tire wear, and help your car ride more smoothly.

Rotating your tires every six to eight thousand miles will also ensure that they wear evenly, meaning you'll save money because you won't have to replace them as often. Checking pressure and rotating your tires prevents all types of damage.

Wash Regularly

Washing your car not only makes it look nice but prevents wear and tear on the cosmetic as well as operational components. It gives it a better resale value and helps it last longer. How often you wash your car will depend on how often you drive and the kind of roads or climate where you live.

Dusty or salty roads will make your car more dirty than clean or dry roads. Excessively wet or dry climates necessitate washing your car more frequently to prevent damage from salt and other dirt on the road. Keeping your car clean prevents rust damage and other buildup on its surfaces and on the undercarriage.

Your car will run much more smoothly and for longer if you follow these guidelines for maintenance and car. Check out Southwest Motors if you're looking for used SUVs and trucks as well as used cars. You'll find a quality used car that you can rely on for a long time to come.

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