Auto Care: An Easy Resolution that Makes Financial Sense
Saving money is a great New Year’s resolution, and one of the best ways you can save on your car maintenance is to address small problems before they require expensive repairs.
By following three simple auto care tips, you can help protect the investment you’ve made in your vehicle.
Regular Maintenance is Key.
The best way to ensure a vehicle’s longevity is to observe a regular service schedule. Keep up with fluid and filter changes, tire checks and other routine maintenance. Over time, some car parts and components wear out or become damaged, so the smart investment is to replace these typical wear items before long-term damage ensues. In addition to the maintenance schedule outlined in the owner’s manual, the Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule to help remind motorists of essential auto care intervals.
Heed the Warning Signs.
Vehicles have ways of communicating that trouble may be on the horizon. Illuminated dashboard warning lights, such as the check engine light, indicate that key vehicle systems need inspection as soon as possible. Pay attention to any new or unusual vehicle sounds, such as squealing, thumping, hissing or grinding as they can indicate a problem. Unusual smells, such as burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, rotten eggs, burning carpet or the sweet smell of syrup can also indicate a serious problem.
Keep It Clean.
Washing and waxing a vehicle on a regular basis protects its value. A thorough cleaning inside and out prevents the buildup of dirt and damaging chemicals that can harm the finish, reduces the potential for rust from road salt, and ensures proper visibility needed for safe driving.
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