Taking care of your car so that it keeps running great and looking new all the time shouldn’t be difficult. Miracle cures and mystery polymers are all fine but will not do much good for your car. Consistent proper care and maintenance are what will make your car last long; functioning smoothly all the way into the high six-figure mileage ranges with few or no failures. Besides, a well-kept car would make a good deal whenever you need to take out a loan on it. So, here are some top ways that will keep your car in its top condition without breaking the bank.
Keep the maintenance schedule
Though this may seem like a no-brainer but it is crucial if you do not want to spend so much money fixing a broken car. Recent models have an oil monitoring system. This system is set in a way that the car determines the best time for an oil change, so you won’t have to get to your manual for reminders.
However, if your vehicle doesn’t have an oil monitoring system, then try and change the oil every 3000 to 5000 miles.
Oh, and remember to avoid keeping the car idle for long periods. Having it idle hampers proper oil flow so some engine parts wouldn’t be properly lubricated. That just translates to incomplete combustion, oil contamination and consequently damage to your car engine.
Check your emission system
This is a part of the vehicle many fail to take care of. This is the part of the car that controls the pollutants and exhausts produces by your car. It keeps the engine running smoothly and effectively under all operating conditions. That’s why you really need to ensure that the emission system is functioning at its best.
The major culprits here are ERG valves and oxygen sensors. And you want to ensure that a professional does the checking. Professionals are more likely to point out a problem that’s hidden in plain sight.
Proper driving habits
If you want your car to last longer, then you better improve how you drive. Believe it or not, it’s got a huge effect, not only on the tyres but also the transmission control. For starters, you can switch your gear to neutral whenever you stop, perhaps in traffic or when you stop for gas. The transmission still continues to work even when you’ve stepped on the brakes.
You could also stop throwing the gear in reverse while your vehicle is still moving. Yes, you’re probably in a hurry but getting the gear in reverse makes the transmission take up more momentum and this can eventually cause damage.
Another working tip is to consolidate all your errands. Constantly taking short trips does a lot more damage to your engine than taking longer trips. This is particularly important after buying a new car. Shorter trips on a cold engine is a nightmare for cars as the engine won’t be at optimal operating temperatures.
Take care of its interior
Your vehicle’s interior needs to make a statement. You need to keep it clean and protected at all times. Avoid eating and drinking in the vehicle. Your vehicle’s upholstery can be easily damaged by stains once they soak in, so you need to clean them immediately and occasionally vacuum the interior.
Additionally, you need to park in the shade or cover your dashboard with a window deflector screen to prevent the UV rays from eventually damaging it. You could also apply some UV protectant on the vinyl and plastic to keep them from cracking and drying out.