Older Car Care

Older Car Care

auto repair st marysCars built in the last 10 to 15 years last much longer than they used to. More current models are getting 200,000 to 300,000 miles. If you take good care of your car with regular maintenance, keep it clean and waxed, your car won’t seem so old and worn. Don’t think about it as a old used car. Think about it as it still looks and runs great and oh it’s paid for. No car payments is a great feeling.

With all of the sleek new models available today, it can be very tempting to get rid of your car because you’re tired of driving an older model. Money is still tight for many folks, so here are a few tips for sprucing up your car and keeping it on the road.

Be sure to follow the maintenance schedule. If you’re not sure what to do when, be sure to read your owner’s manual. If you lost the manual, you might be able to download a copy from the Internet.

Don’t have a car payment? Put some of that money into a car repair fund. Cars break down so it won’t be so painful if you have the means to pay for the repairs.

Speaking of the Internet, do your due diligence and check websites and forums devoted to certain makes and models. You might find a lot of information for preparing for or diagnosing a problem.

If you hear new noises or notice odors it could be that there is something wrong with your car. Be sure to have your mechanic check it out.

If something breaks or becomes worn, fix it as soon as possible. Otherwise the situation may get worse. Repairing torn upholstery, trim and sagging headliners will lift your spirits. If you’ve got 175,000 miles on your car and it’s still looking and running good, don’t hesitate to brag about it.

Be sure to use quality replacement parts. They will perform better and last longer.

Be sure to change the oil, filters, belts and hoses, spark plugs and get your car tuned-up when it’s time. Your car will perform much better.

Be sure to keep your car clean and fight rust. We’re near the water and during the winter months the roads are salted so be sure to have your auto throughly cleaned and protected with a good coat of wax.

And lastly, drive moderately. The road isn’t a race track so don’t peel out and slam on the brakes. Moderate driving will lessen wear on your engine and tires. And your chances of getting traffic tickets are reduced.

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