With the cost of everything slowly on the rise it is only common sense to want to reduce the costs of car repair. Your car is going to depreciate as soon as you drive it off the parking lot, that is a fact. However, the amount it is going to depreciate is going to be determined by the condition of the car when it is time to sell or trade it in. Following these six simple tips will extend the life of your car and preserve its resale value.
The first step in extending the lifespan of your car is to familiarise yourself with the car manual. This tip is important because it allows you to keep up with the recommended maintenance schedule which in turn can help to prevent unexpected and costly repairs. Keep an eye out for problems with the cooling system, suspension, brakes and other components of the car. If you do not address minor issues immediately you might develop into key issues that void the warranty of your car. To get the full benefits of your insurance warranty you should follow the recommended maintenance schedule.
Only Essential Driving
Driving short distance can add additional strain on your car, you should avoid driving short distances as cold starts are hard on the engine, gas mileage, the lifespan of your muffler and the environment. If you have two cars you should consider driving the one that was driven most recently, driving a car with a cold engine releases condensation out of the system and into the muffler which in turn rusts it. You should try to drive your car at least once a week to avoid essential oils spilling out.
You should be checking your fluid levels often, including antifreeze, oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and bread fluid. It is important to build this into a routine so it becomes second habit to you. The best time to check your fluids would be when you fill up your petrol. Checking your fluid levels often allows you to recognize when there is a leak.
Changing your oil regularly improves the gas mileage on your car while also protecting your engine. It is recommended that you change your oil at least every 3000 to 5000 miles or every 3 to 6 months, depending on your car manual and the type of oil you use. It might also we worth changing the oil filter while you’re at it, putting in clean oil through a dirty filter defeats the purpose of the process.
Spark plugs are used to ignite the mixture of fuel and air in the car’s cylinders, over time the spark plugs wear out and needs to be replaced. Your manufactures manual would ideally tell you how often you should change your spark plugs and which ones to replace it with. This process can easily be done at home if you have the right plugs and the right tools, saving you some money.
Rotating your car tyres in an important aspect of extending the lifespan of your car. Rotating the tyres reduces uneven wear and tear which in turn extends its lifespan. It is recommended that you rotate your tyres at least twice a year, they should be rotated diagonally (front right to back left and front left and back right). Apart from rotating your tyres you should also make sure that you are checking your tyre pressure regularly and that they are properly inflated. Driving with under inflated tyres can reduce the tyre life by up to 15%.
Following these six effortless tips will get you on your way to extending the lifespan of your car, once you have gotten used to performing the tips above often then you can attempt more advance methods of extending your car’s lifespan.