7 Car Maintenance Tips To Reduce Costs in The Long Run


Car maintenance isn’t the most enjoyable thing for most of us. However, it’s pretty essential if you want to avoid far more expensive repairs in the future. A lot of people don’t think about their car maintenance for months or even years at a time, and then when a problem crops up you may have to pay for recovery, and even pay for more serious issues like an accident caused by poor maintenance.

Tip 1: Do The Regular Maintenance On-time to Avoid Damage

It’s a good idea to regularly perform maintenance tasks, such as topping up and checking your car oil. Don’t leave it years at a time between these tasks. If you need to, put a monthly alarm or reminder on your phone that can remind you to perform some of the simple maintenance needed on your vehicle. The longer you leave things, the more damage you can do. For instance, if you don’t have enough oil in the vehicle it can damage the engine.

Tip 2: The DIY Approach

Washer fluid

It’s a good idea to learn a little bit of your own maintenance rather than having to take the vehicle to a mechanic every time.

Most people have the ability to do some simple tasks like changing washer fluid and air filters or even lightbulbs. If you are not naturally good with cars, it doesn’t matter too much. It’s amazing how much information is on YouTube, teaching you exactly how to perform this sort of maintenance.

Tip 3: Check The Car History

When you buy a used car, it is absolutely essential to perform a VIN search to look at the history of the car. It could have hidden damages or crashes, or other issues that can cause you problems. For instance, if the car has ever been stolen.

This is a good way to know what you need to check on a vehicle and whether or not you should steer clear of the car altogether.

Tip 4: Look After Your Tires

Tire pressure chart

So many people neglect their tires. You need to make sure you check on your car tires regularly. Some modern vehicles will automatically tell you if the pressure is low, but it is still a good idea to perform visual checks. You can inflate the tires as required, and a simple inflator kit to do this can be purchased online.

You also need to check the tread of your tires, as they wear down they may no longer be suitable for use on the road. You might think that getting longer out of your tires is better for your bank balance, but tires in poor condition can lead to accidents or further damage.

Tip 5: Drive Sensibly

This is one maintenance tip that a lot of people totally ignore. Driving sensibly makes virtually everything on your car last longer. The tires don’t get worn so quickly, and the engine is likely to last longer. Even things like brake pads can last a lot longer if you drive sensibly. This means trying not to be extreme with speeding up and braking, and to slow down suitably for cornering. This saves money so that you don’t have to part with more cash for things like parts and labor.

Tip 6: Get a Regular Tune-Up

Scheduled checks and car maintenance should be performed even if your car is on the older end of the spectrum, and you don’t want to part with the cash to get a mechanic to look at it, it may be a legal requirement in your state. On top of this, it is the only way to make sure your car is safe unless you are a mechanic yourself.

You don’t have to get your car tuned to the point where it runs like a racing car, but you do need to ensure everything is functioning properly and that the car is not a risk.

Tip 7: Be Smart With Parts

Wiper

If your car needs new parts then it is a good idea to shop around for these. As well as looking around online to see if there are alternatives to the manufacturer’s parts, you can also buy parts that are no longer needed on other cars. For instance, some tires and other parts may be salvaged from cars in accidents. They could be absolutely fine to use, but be available cheaper. Use a verified dealer to ensure they are safe.

Conclusion

Car maintenance costs are always frustrating. Nobody wants to spend money just keeping their car on the road, but if you are proactive rather than reactive then it is easy to save some money on the inevitable costs of keeping a car. Our tips can help you to stay safe and reduce costs.

Author: Emily Andrews

John Cunningham

John Cunningham is an Automotive Technician and writer on Rustyautos.com. I've been a mechanic for over twenty years, I use my knowledge and experience to write articles that help fellow gear-heads with all aspects of classic car ownership, from tires to roof aerials and everything in between.

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