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By Ashley Effinger
Are you looking to extend the life of your vehicle without having to invest in costly repairs? Look no further! Here’s a secret that most car buyers and owners don’t know – there are simple, creative ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly for years beyond its expected lifespan. April is Car Care Month , we’ll be discussing these little known secrets so you can get the most out of your investment and take advantage of all your car has to offer! So put on those seatbelts, because we’re about to go over everything you need to know about how you can extend the life of any vehicle .
With a few simple rules, you and your car can be best buddies! Show it some love by driving carefully – then reap the rewards of avoiding pricey repairs for longer!
Nobody likes to think about getting into an accident, but when it comes down to it you want your car patched up right. Choose a trustworthy automobile insurer who will shell out for parts from the source and guarantee that all repairs are top quality. Don’t leave yourself stranded—get insured today!
Got a pocket full of keys that’s weighing you down? Free your ignition key from the shackles, and lighten up your keychain! Not only can carrying several heavy metal pieces on one loop make it more difficult to turn over when starting the car – it could be slowly ruining the inner tumblers within its ignition switch. Separate out the key you need for driving, enjoy greater ease-of-use at each twist of a wrist…and avoid getting stranded along life’s winding roads.
When it comes to fueling up, don’t get taken for a ride! Do your due diligence: sure, the gas service station might have great prices and awesome customer loyalty cards– but are they really taking care of their pumps? Ask ’em if they regularly change their gas pump filters or whether that pump has been filtered at all. And be extra-careful of gas stations without any filtration systems – you could end up with some bad gas in your tank! Picky drivers deserve only pristine fuel – find a trusty station and stick with ‘em like glue. It’s worth putting in some research beforehand to find that one spot you can depend on whenever it’s time for a refueling… unless of course there are dolphins involved – then by all means go with them every time!
If you want to keep your car running smoothly, steer clear of the gas station if there’s a gasoline tanker nearby. When tanks are being filled from below ground, it can stir up sediment that may clog fuel filters and injectors – something no driver wants! So save yourself some cash (and potential roadside breakdowns) by finding another pump for now.
Record every journey with a notepad in the glove compartment! Noting your gas fill-ups and mileage can be critical to alert you of an issue before it has time to snowball. If that MPG is looking like quicksand, take action and get it checked by your trusty serviceman right away.