Taking proper care of your car will help you save thousands of dollars in the long run. Many large and expensive repairs arise due to small malfunctions and small parts failure that are preventable.
Being vigilant about the health of your car will also help prolong the life of your car. Many of us tend to overlook auto maintenance and only become concerned when a “Check Engine” light appears on your dashboard. Taking proper care of your car will also help its resale value if you decide to purchase a newer car later down the road.
Here are some tips to keep your car in tip-top shape:
Oil is essential to the function of an engine. Often times, many consumers will drive thousands of miles over the life of the oil. Doing this will degrade the viscosity of the oil and will place larger amounts of pressure on your engine. Without proper lubrication, your engine will suffer performance, gas mileage, and efficiency.
Typically, you will need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. If you want to protect yourself, even more, look into synthetic oil. Synthetic oil will last longer and also has been shown to increase gas mileage and engine efficiency. Expect to pay roughly $25-$70 for an oil change depending on the amount of oil your car needs. You can often find good deals for oil changes on www.Groupon.com and www.Yelp.com.
Our cars would go nowhere without tires, which is all the more reason to be vigilant and take care of your tires. Every 3,000 miles, you should have your tires rotated. A tire rotation is when the wheels of a car are moved from one position to another. This is to ensure that your tires wear evenly. If you notice that your front tires wear more than your rear ones, for instance, its time for a tire rotation. Typically, you can get a tire rotation done for free when you get an oil change done. If you do not rotate your tires, the lifespan of your tires will increase dramatically.
Often referred to as coolant, antifreeze helps keep your engine running cool when under pressure, and to keep the water in your radiator from freezing in cold temperatures. Antifreeze should be flushed and changed every 2-4 years, depending on your owners manual. If you decide to replace the antifreeze in your car, be sure to use 50/50 antifreeze. This antifreeze is already pre-diluted for your car since 100% antifreeze will actually have a lower freezing point and may harm your engine in freezing cold temperatures.
All in all, taking care of your car will result in a longer and more enjoyable driving experience. If you are debating about purchasing another car but have bad credit, CrediReady can help you. We have the largest database of dealers and lenders that work with good people in bad credit situations. Take a moment to fill out our free no-obligation form and get approved for the car you need today.