Most drivers want their car to be in great driving condition and to be in that condition for as long as possible. Even an older car can be reliable if it is well-maintained. Treating your new or used car right will not only prolong your vehicle’s lifespan, it will also save you money on repairs.

So, what exactly do you need to pay attention to when it comes to extending your vehicle’s lifespan?

Well, here are the five most important things you can do.

1. Stick to logbook servicing

Your manufacturer’s vehicle manual is almost always kept in the glove box and within it, you will find a logbook maintenance schedule and plenty of useful information to help you keep your car running smoothly.

A regularly occurring logbook service includes things like maintaining or replacing fluids and filters, checking brake pads, suspension, and steering.

By intentionally delaying repairs, you can further damage your vehicle as well also your bank account. Try to refrain from turning up the radio, ignoring unusual sounds or turning a blind eye to warning lights on your dash. Get the issue seen to and fixed to avoid a more costly repair down the track.

2. Maintain your fluid checks

Whilst most of us will rely on our car alerts or our next service to tell us when fluids are low, it’s important that you check your fluid levels between services. Most manufacturers advise checking your oil, coolant, and brake fluid levels frequently, so refer to your vehicle manual if you are unsure how to do this.

Engine oil isn’t the only fluid that needs attention and other fluids that require periodic replacement include transmission fluid, coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Your windscreen well could probably do with a top-up from time to time as well.

3. How you drive matters

The way you drive plays a big part in the lifespan of your vehicle and driving with care is a sure-fire way to increase its longevity. Driving actions like accelerating or taking corners too quickly, braking hard, or overloading your car increases the stress and strain on components. This can wear them out faster, leaving you with some expensive repairs.

Aside from driving carefully, making a habit of listening to your car while you drive to see if there are any unusual noises. It can be hard to pinpoint or even explain an unusual noise and in most instances, the only way to know for sure is to have your mechanic take a look. If you do notice anything unusual when starting your engine, when moving, braking, or turning, don’t delay having it checked out as soon as possible.

4. Regularly check your tyres and tyre pressure

Checking tyre pressure regularly is the best way to extend the lifespan of your tyres. On newer cars, the recommended tyre pressure is often located on a tyre information sticker, within the driver’s door arch, and can otherwise be found inside your owner’s manual.

Correctly inflated tyres make your car easier to handle and can help save on fuel, whilst having your tyres rotated and aligned, will help you prevent uneven and premature tyre wear. Maintaining your tyres also means that they last longer and more time between having to buy new tyres.

5. Keep your car clean

Washing your car regularly can help prevent a build-up of dirt, rust, and water spots on the paint, but how often you should wash it depends a lot on the season and the type of roads you drive on. Dirt, salt, pollen, and pollution can all build up and you may see rust appearing in just a few short years, particularly if you are close to the coast.

Parking your car undercover and washing it in winter is as important as when the weather is fine, and a bad car smell can leave a lasting impression on your passengers. Here’s a recent article that addressed exactly how to overcome a bad car smell. Keeping your car clean both inside and out will help it look good and ultimately retain and extend a higher resale value.

 

If your car is due for a service, Gino’s Panel and Paint are based in Fremantle and offer a range of services from panel beating repairs and wheel alignments, through to automotive servicing for all makes and models. To find out more contact our friendly team today.