Cars are one of the most expensive purchases people will make in their lifetime. So knowing that, doesn’t it only make sense to do everything you can to give it the best care possible? Find out what you can do to extend your car, truck or minivan’s life and prolong having to buy your next vehicle.
We know, it sounds insane. In this day in age, who’s driving anymore than they have to!! And while you may not be cruising the strip needlessly, you might be wasting your fuel’s efficiency and adding unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle by making more trips than you really need to do. Try combining as many errands into one trip as possible or decide to do them when you already will be out on the road.
It’s not the first time you’ve heard it and it certainly won’t be your last… regular preventative maintenance is one of the easiest ways to extend the life of any vehicle. Routine maintenance can prevent big problems and keep your vehicle running smoothly. These can include oil changes, tuneups and replacing your air filter frequently. Every vehicle manufacturer has their own recommended service schedules and you should check with your owner’s manual to see when you should perform them.
Keep Your Fluids Full
Fluids are the lifeblood of your engine and if you’re missing any, your vehicle is straining to perform. Start by having your oil changed before your trip to ensure the oil is clean and full, as well as a new air filter to gain your best gas mileage. Next, check yourself or have your trusted mechanic check your Coolant, Brake, Transmission and Steering fluids to make sure none of them are low. If they are low, it’s important to replace them but it could also be telling of a bigger problem you should resolve. Also, while your hood is up, double check that your Washer Fluid reservoir is full to keep your windshield clear of any snow, slush, dirt, grime or debris.
Brakes In Check
Brakes are something we tend to take for granted, that is until they don’t work as well as we’d hoped they would. Brakes are one of the most critical safety features on your vehicle, and their ability to stop your car in a timely manner can be the single difference between a being involved in a collision and avoiding one. People may wait until their brakes are making noise before they have a mechanic take a look at them but that can be a costly mistake that could leave your car in the shop for longer than need be. Having your brakes inspected before a trip to see how much life is still left in your brake pads can prevent damage to your rotors and to avoid brake failure down the road.
Take Care Of Your Tires
Not only does tire pressure play heavily into your vehicle’s safety out on the road, it can also greatly determine whether or not you’re getting the best performance out of it as well. Under inflated tires take more energy to turn and consume more fuel in the process. Recent studies have shown that low tire pressure can reduce your car’s fuel efficiency up to 4%, which may not sound like much for one tank of gas but over time that 4% can really add up! Tire monitoring systems became standard in 2008 and can be found on vehicles of that year and newer. But these sensors only detect when air in a tire is 25% below the manufacturer’s recommended pressure while fuel efficiency can be affected by as little as a 20% reduction in pressure. Tires also tend to wear unevenly, making rotating your tires another important tire care tip. Check your manufacturer for their recommendations on how often to do so.
Clean It Up
It sounds a little strange but you’d be surprised at how differently people take better of their vehicle when it’s clean! Take some time this year to spiff up your car to help remind you to take better care of your vehicle and extend its life. You can pay to have your vehicle professionally detailed by a shop but if saving money is the primary goal, you can do a decent enough job yourself. Start with the basics… decluttering any items you have lying around in your vehicle unnecessarily and throwing away any trash you find. Then focus your attention on giving a good wipe down to the dashboard, console, door jams, windows, mirrors and vacuuming out the interior. If you find your floor mats and upholstery are stained or dingy, try giving them a light scrub with soapy water and then removing the moisture using a wet/dry vac to prevent molding or a musty smell from developing. Last but not least, give the exterior a good wash and your vehicle should be sparkling! Not only will this make it look better but it will also show a dealership your car is well taken care of, which will be important to any prospective future buyers.
Taking care of your car is critical to making sure it runs properly. If you find yourself doubting your car, truck or van’s ability to get you where you need to go, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars. At Broadmoor Motors Hastings, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in. Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in both our Hastings and Caledonia locations with financing available to those who qualify, and we will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs.
Let Broadmoor Motors Hastings save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car or Work Truck and on your next Car Rental. Whether you need a short term car rental, long term car rental, a replacement while your vehicle is getting serviced or simply need to replace your car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out. Broadmoor Motors Hastings is here for all your Car Rental, Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the greater Barry County area, Hastings, Middleville and Caledonia. Give us a call at 269.320.6304 in Hastings or 616.698.9595 in Caledonia to see how we can get you back on the road!