Buying a car is one of the most exciting things I ever did, also one of my biggest purchases. I remember being in the dealership thinking this is my new baby I will do everything I can to protect it and keep it with me for as long as I can. Then a thought hit me..How? how are you going to do that when you know nothing about cars? The next day I was on the phone with a good friend of mine who happens to be a VW mechanic and I asked him to tell me the top five things I could do to ensure a lasting life for my new car.
5 tips to increase the life of your car
If you're looking to get the most from your car, here are 5 tips to increase its life,
1.Get To Know Your Car
Just like everyone of us is different, so is the case with your car. Find out what is the recommended maintenance schedule for your car and follow it. Every car comes with an owner's manual, take your time and read it a few minutes at a time. I started by just reading a few pages a day every time I was going to drive my car.
2.Give Your Dashboard Some eye contact
I remember being in my friend's car and noticing a couple of things blinking on her dashboard, I asked her what was going on; her answer was "I don't know but I know it means money so I don't even want to pay attention to it". Well, not me! As soon as something lights up or blinks I'm on the phone with my mechanic.
3.Stay in touch with your oil
With my last car my motto was when my oil calls me I'll tend to it. This is not a good thought process to have since by the time the oil light comes on you should have checked it already. Checking your oil regularly can help you notice certain issues before they arise, such as leaks. According to Today.com this one tip can help you avoid costly repairs.
4.How Do Your Tires Feel?
A smooth ride is not the only reason why being aware of your tire pressure is a good idea. Saving money on fuel, which is something we all want, is one of the benefits of having the right tire pressure. Also, according to Cars Direct having a schedule to rotate your tires is a good idea since the front and back tires wear out at different rates.
5.Wax on Wax off
The appearance of your car needs some love too! Waxing your car is more than just making sure it looks good, is about protecting your paint and guarding it against rust. All cars come with a clear wax that protects the paint, that wax wears off naturally. When you wax your car you are replacing some of that coat.
I hope these tips are as helpful to you as they have been to me. Keeping these tips in mind as well as my VW mechanic's phone number handy has been paramount to extending the life of my car.