There are innumerable reasons why someone would want to prolong their car’s life. Some people simply don’t like changing their vehicle for a new model every few years. Others are in such a situation that they cannot afford to change their car regularly. Some people also get very emotionally attached to their car and they want to have their “mate” with them for decades to come.
The good news is that there are more than a few things you can do to ensure that your car will last as long as you want it to last.
While Australia is not exactly notorious for disastrous weather conditions (quite the opposite), this does not mean that your car will not benefit from staying in a garage. For one, it will require far fewer washes if it does not get pummeled by bird droppings, debris and whatnot. Furthermore, it will be protected from storms and the possible damage it can suffer that way. Also, there is far less chance that your car will get stolen or vandalized in a garage.
The oil in your car needs to reach operating temperature in order to provide the lubrication it is meant to provide. If you start your car cold and you immediately step on the pedal, you will be straining your engine since the oil will not properly do its job. Because of this, you should always start slowly, heating up the oil and only once the oil has reached operating temperature should you really give it a go. These cold starts are also why you should avoid short trips with your car which are often unnecessary, if we are being honest.
It goes without saying that the most important thing to do if you wish to have your trusted car with you for years to come is to do regular maintenance on it. The good news is that this has become easier than ever before thanks to the abundance of information at your fingertips. The starting point will always be your car’s official manual, but this does not mean you will not research other sources of information.
Regular maintenance should include regular checkups with mechanics, as well as the stuff you can do on your own, such as changing he fluids regularly, rotating your tyres and checking under the bonnet every now and then.
Use Quality Parts
There will come a time when you will have to replace parts in your car. You will also be using various products for your car to keep it going. When choosing components and products, always make sure you get them from reputable sellers and that they are high quality products. It can be something as seemingly unimportant as blade fuses or globes, but you will still want to go with finest quality like Narva products, for example.
Wash Your Car
For the majority of car owners, this does not even have to be said out loud. They keep their cars clean because that is the way it is supposed to be. However, there are some people who are not really that bothered about their cars being a bit dirty. Unfortunately for them, not washing the car can cause all kinds of problems down the road. Road salt, pollution and sludge can accumulate and cause problems for the body work. Moreover, as more time passes, these pollutants can get to brake lines and cause all kinds of havoc.