5 Simple but Overlooked Ways to Extend the Life of Your Car
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Car repairs can be expensive and while some repair jobs cannot be avoided, a number of them might have been had the car owner taken just a little bit more care to try and extend the life of their car and all the associated parts. Some routine maintenance tasks are obvious but there are some ways to extend the life of your car and cut down on the number of visits it has to make to the mechanic shop every year that are lesser known. Here are some of them:
Drive Less – That of course sounds like rather simple and patronizing advice. But all those little trips , the ones that you made when you really could have walked but it was a bit too cold, or you were in a bit of a hurry, are the ones that can do the most damage to your car in the long run.
Starting up is an effort at any time for a car, but especially in the winter, and if you are barely going to give the engine time to warm up before you stop it again, and then repeat the process on the way back you are forcing your car to do extra work that it really shouldn’t have to (plus the gas you are wasting as well)
Keep an Eye on Your Tire Alignment – If your car begins to shake, even slightly, when you start to pick up a bit of sped then the chances are very good that the tires need re-aligning. Even when drivers know this is the case they often put the job off until they have more time. by doing that however not only are you damaging the car but the tires will be wearing unevenly so you will be shortening their useful life as well.
Change Your Air Filter – Everyone knows that changing a car’s oil filter regularly is a must be fewer people realize that the air filter should be changed about every 12,000 miles as well. Its not a very difficult job if you like to do your own car maintenance but it won’t take a mechanic that long if you don’t.
Keep Your Paint in Great Shape – OK, so you do hit the car wash once in a while and you’ve even been known to splash out on a waxing. But that’s not enough to protect your car’s paint in long run. Waxes offer no long term protection for your car because they break down quickly when exposed to the sun’s harsh UV Rays. Waxes also get sticky in the hot sun and actually attract and hold dust and dirt next to your paint which is why freshly waxed cars seem to get dirty so quickly here in Florida.
A car’s paint is about more than just aesthetics. The rust that can develop as a result of aging, flaking paint can lead to all kinds of physical damage, not to mention that if you had thought of eventually trading in the vehicle, or selling it on your chances of being able to do that will be significantly reduced.
A single one time paint protection treatment like our Invisibra is fast, easy and far more affordable than you might have imagined. And it’s certainly a small price to pay for keeping your car looking – and running – great longer.
Don’t Put of Repairs – Often when it comes to making small repairs drivers put the tasks off for as long as they can, often in an attempt to save money. Doing so is probably costing them money in the long term though because the longer something is wrong with your car the more damage is potentially being done that will shorten its useful life.Jim Lambert established Classic Touch of South Florida to provide automotive appearance enhancement and protection services. Eight years ago the company narrowed its focus and now specializes in two specific areas: the KwickSilver method for wheel rim repair and the Invisibra Paint Protection System. A lifelong car enthusiast Jim is as dedicated to every vehicle works on as its owners are and to serving the needs of motorists across South Florida.