Just as we look after ourselves by staying in shape and eating healthy, we need to look after our cars too in order to ensure they function smoothly and effectively. A typical passenger car should last 200,000 miles if it’s looked after properly. Maintenance only costs an average of $1,186 every year so you won’t be spending too much. To minimize this cost, and to ensure the car runs for a long time, here are some tips you can use.
Change the Oil
Remember, oil is the lifeblood of your car and chances are, your car isn’t going to get far without it. Just imagine this: you’re driving to a meeting and you’re already late. Suddenly, your car stops, and when you get out to examine the problem, you notice you haven’t changed the oil. Now, not only are you late to that super important meeting your boss called, but you’re also stuck waiting for a tow truck simply because you haven’t changed the oil. You can easily avoid the problem if you check the oil once a week and change it after every 3,000-3,500 miles.
Keep the Body Intact
Most of us wouldn’t be caught dead in public with unkempt hair and dirty clothes; why then would you want your car to have an unruly appearance in public? Washing it regularly, waxing it and removing the dents will make it last longer. Moreover, by regularly cleaning and vacuuming the interior, you’ll give it a new appearance—an bonus if you decide to sell the car later.
Buy Gas from Reputable Stations
When you’re going to buy gas, ask the station their policy of changing pumps and if they sell filtered gas. If you don’t get a clear answer, turn your car and head to a gas station that does filter gas. Some stations don’t have pump filters, making you vulnerable to dirty gasoline which can cause problems. Moreover, some stations don’t mix fuel and alcohol properly and this leads to more problems. To ensure your car runs efficiently, find a station that doesn’t do this and stick to it.
It might be hard to go the extra mile and spend money on maintenance, especially in this economy; but you have to if you want your car to function efficiently and for longer. If you need help, you can always reach us. To help maintain your car, we offer windshield replacement and window tint services to the residents of Houston, TX. We’re offering a 10% discount!