Frugal Family: Extend the Life of Your Car
How to Extend the Life of Your Car
Soccer practice. Grocery store trips. To and from work. Family vacations. Your car puts in a lot of hard work for your family. To ensure it lasts as long as possible, you’ve got to put in a little extra work, too. To get the best-bang-for-your-buck vehicle longevity, abide by the following rules. You’ll be surprised just how far your family car can take you.
Follow routine maintenance.
When it comes to maintenance, follow the schedule. Get the oil changed according to the schedule. Filter changes, tire changes and even major service like timing belt replacements all should occur based on the routine maintenance schedule. Don’t neglect your vehicle. Give it the care it deserves, and you could be driving it well beyond the 10 or even 15-year mark.
Keep the outside clean.
While it might seem silly to keep the outside of your car clean, it actually serves an important purpose. Dirty car exteriors can lead to rust, which ruins your vehicle. This is especially true if you live in areas that experience lots of snow or salt (or both in some cases).
And the inside, too.
While a few stray Cheerios and dust won’t cause rust, a clean interior can go a long way in keeping you happy with your family car. Plus, it will help the seats and floors stay in good condition for longer. Every month or so, take some time to vacuum the interior and perform routine cleaning on the inside.
Use high-mileage oil.
Whether you bought your car used or new, after a certain point, a car doesn’t process oil like it did fresh off the lot. You can make some adjustments to ensure you are providing the best “fuel” for your car’s engine. That means swapping your tried-and-true regular oil to a high-mileage option so your car will keep running smoothly.
Check your tires.
While this may seem obvious, many people go months without checking their tire pressure. It’s important to ensure your tire pressure is just right for your vehicle and adjust as needed. Also, proper alignment and rotation are needed to ensure your car is functioning at its best for the long-term.
Follow the rules of the road. Don’t be a daredevil. Don’t rush (and that means leaving early). No speeding. Yield to yellow lights. After driving for several years (or decades in some cases), the smaller rules of the road tend to become less important, like zooming through a yellow light instead of yielding. But those little broken rules often lead to expensive wrecks.
Repair when needed.
It’s simple. When something breaks, fix it. One small break here can lead to several very big breaks later down the road. And if you fix the small stuff now, you won’t have to spend as much repairing the big stuff later. Plus, every family needs a dependable car, and repairing as needed will ensure your vehicle gets your family from point A to point B as safely as possible.
While incredibly important, following these tips can also be difficult, especially for those overburdened by copious amount of debt. Does your debt have you concerned? Contact one of our certified credit counselors today to learn how CreditGUARD may be able to help you save through credit counseling and debt management.
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