Many Americans own a car. Automobiles are part of our American culture. We love them, and we love to have new ones. But lately people have been squeezed financially. Quite frankly, a lot of people are very satisfied with their cars. Fewer and fewer people are frequently buying new cars. We’re starting to prefer keeping our cars for a few years, and some people try to keep them as long as possible!
Either way, a car is expensive. You should do everything you can to extend the life of your car. Your car is still valuable after you buy it. You can always sell it to help you whenever you buy one. The degree to which you take care of it now will affect how much you get out of it later. Extending your car’s life shouldn’t be neglected.
There’s an article on Kiplinger that can give you some tips on how to extend the life of your car. First off, they let us know that there’s a man who “owns a 1966 Volvo P1800 with more than 2.8 million miles on the odometer.” Now that car was a worthy purchase! But it wasn’t just the car on its own that lasted 2.8 million miles. The owner had a big part of it. In fact, he says all he did was “changed the oil and fluids—and performed other maintenance—according to the recommendations in the owner’s manual.”
That’s your first tip to extending the life of your car: “Read the owner’s manual!” Car companies don’t write up these owner’s manuals for fun. They write them up because there is useful information in them that you should know as the owner of the vehicle! You can save money by listening to the maintenance regulations in your car manual too. Oftentimes dealerships and shops “recommend more frequent maintenance than the manual does.”
Another important piece of advice is: “Don’t ignore small problems.” Sure something small like a warning light or a small chunk of missing trim or plastic somewhere looks like it’s not a problem. It will become one though!
So do yourself a favor and do what you can to keep your car in shape and looking good. You won’t regret it.Back To All Consumer Resources