Tips to Help You Protect Your Automotive Investment


We all know that cars can cost a lot of money. This is especially true when you have finally got that dream car you’ve wanted for years. That being said, many car owners neglect to take the time to make that investment last as long as possible. So it doesn’t happen to you, here’s a list of 7 tips that you can use to make your automobile last as long as possible.

When brand new, take it easy – For the first 500-1000 miles, drive like a “little old lady.” Don’t drive the car above standard highway speeds or do any hot-rodding around. That’s because during this “break-in time,” the engine, transmission and other parts are wearing against each other and producing the last small bit of size and shape adjustment. Taking it easy during this time helps your car do this properly.

Keep your tires inflated properly – Not many people keep their car’s tires inflated to manufacturer’s recommended pressures. “I keep forgetting about it” is a common excuse. Well, this is a good way to ruin a set of perfectly good tires and get lousy gas mileage to boot. Here’s why: underinflated tires lower a car’s gas mileage because they run hotter and expose more tread to the road. Secondly, because of the heat and flexing, your underinflated tires won’t wear properly.

Change your oil at proper intervals – Yes, your high school shop teacher was correct –change your oil often. Even though oil change intervals are longer than they were years ago, keeping fresh oil in your car will increase your engine’s operating life. This is because engine oil is pumped through all sorts of moving parts inside an automobile engine and keeping it free of dirt, abrasives and acids cuts down on internal wear. A consultant for this article, Kims Chrysler of Laurel, MS, a Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep dealer, advised us that today oil change intervals range from 3000 to 10,000 miles.

Touch up paint nicks – When something happens to your car’s paint and the paint coat is penetrated, protection from outside elements is lost. Water and road salts can now attack the exposed bare metal and begin rust process. Yes, it’s a bother but when a scratch occurs, stop by your local parts store and get a small bottle of touch up paint and give it a dab.

Park in the shade – The ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage your car’s paint and the heat will deteriorate interior plastics. Not many people think about this but a quick and easy solution is to park where the sun isn’t directly baking your vehicle! Obviously, this isn’t possible all the time but when you have a chance, it’s worth the extra effort to park it in the shade.

Keep leather conditioned – As leather ages it becomes stiff and shrinks. That’s why smart car owners periodically apply leather treatment to their seats with a brand name leather conditioner. This will keep the leather conditioned and comfortable for years.

So, there you go. We have presented several tips that can make your car last longer. With a little searching on the net, you will certainly be able to find many other useful tips also. We recommend you consider all these items because they can potentially save you a lot of money in the long run. Happy Motoring!


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