How to Extend the Life of Your Car
How to Extend the Life of Your Car in Tallahassee, FL
At Tallahassee Ford, our team of experienced and factory-trained technicians know what it takes to keep your car on the road. What is the average annual cost of maintaining a car that’s over five years old? Do you know? On average, it can cost a car owner anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 to keep their vehicle on the road each year, if the vehicle is over five years old. That doesn’t include gas and insurance. That means once your car is paid off, it still costs you money each month and the best way to minimize those costs is by taking care of it in the first five years and beyond.
There are all things we can do to improve how we care for our vehicles. We could park it in the shade at work, not park it so close to the line at the mall, not accelerate as quickly as we can when the light turns green or try to stop leaving the door open and the car running every time you stop to talk to your friend down the street. We’ve all got things we can improve upon and it’s not a bad investment of your time to make a checklist.
Wash & wax your vehicle regularly.
The best way to maintain your interior is to protect it with regular washing and waxing by professionals.
Don’t forget the interior.
The interior of your vehicle is actually one of the most expensive areas to maintain and replace. That’s why it’s important to take care of it with routine cleaning and also adding extra protection if possible. Ensure that you are also using the right chemicals based on the materials that are inside the vehicle.
Keep an eye on your tires.
Your tires will influence how well your car handles, fuel mileage, use of your brakes and so much more. Keeping your tires in peak condition is also very challenging. The best thing to do is try and avoid driving in areas where construction is common, routinely check your parking areas and driveways at home and work, check the air pressure and the tread. The tread is especially important because driving on a single balding tire can throw off the handling of the entire vehicle and cause all other areas of the vehicle to compensate.
Fill up with care.
Quality care includes quality gas which may be a little tougher these days given current prices. A great tip from the pros is to mix in a tank of the higher-quality stuff now and then. It’s great for the engine and minimizes some of the impacts of the areas the regular stuff is lacking.
Keep up with oil changes.
Everyone makes the mistake of delaying oil changes, usually because they do not have the time. While this is understandable, it’s a good idea to get your oil changed routinely. It can save you time and possible repair needs and can also be used as a chance to get your vehicle checked on for other potentially matters that need to be addressed.
Change the filters.
Filters are located throughout your car and rarely need to be changed. However, when they do need to be changed, it’s important that you minimize any delays. This is because each filter protects important parts of the vehicle from harmful debris.
Repair damage to your windshield as soon as possible.
Windshield chips can turn into cracks and you run the risk of having a wide range of issues come up including water and air leaks, loss of integrity and strength of the windshield and more. Take every small chip seriously to avoid bigger problems.
Use genuine OEM parts.
OEM parts are great for keeping repairs simple and accurate. Learn more about the quality of these genuine Ford parts today when you schedule an appointment.
Make sure fluids are at the correct level.
Your vehicle may provide you with updates on important fluid levels throughout the vehicle. However, if it doesn’t, make sure that you are routinely checking each level to make sure that it’s at the accurate depth. You can also check with our dealership where our certified technicians will be happy to assist you.
Being a smart car owner means understanding that these machines need as much care as you can provide them. There’s a reason the best maintained vehicles are the ones that last the longest. Invest your time and money early to ensure that your vehicle is more affordable and reliable down the road. It’s a smart investment and one that can save you thousands of dollars for years. Feel free to contactTallahassee Ford, proudly serving the areas of Thomasville, GA, Havana and Crawfordville, FL, from our dealership at243 North Magnolia Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32301.