11 Tips for Keeping Your Car in Good Shape

Car maintenance can often seem overwhelming and expensive, therefore, making it easy to neglect. Fortunately, there are many ways you can care for your car without breaking the bank. Here, we’ll go over eleven tips on how to better care for your car, increase the value of your car, and keep it running for longer.

Oil Changes

Regular oil changes are basically the most important thing you can do for your car. Staying up to date with regular oil changes helps to keep your engine running aces by making sure all the moving parts of your car’s engine are properly lubricated, as well as cleaning away the dirt and grime that, over time, will keep your engine from running efficiently.

Tire Maintenance

Between rotating, aligning, cleaning, checking tire pressure, and keeping up with the tread, keeping your tires in tip-top shape is important. Anytime something goes wrong with your tires, you should have them checked ASAP, solving the problem without allowing it to get worse.

Keep It Clean

That’s pretty much it, just keep your car clean.

Cleaning both the inside and outside of your vehicle, at least once a month will make your car look better and keep it looking newer, therefore, increasing your car’s overall value when it comes time to sell.

Car Insurance

Not only is it illegal to drive without car insurance, but having some type of car insurance helps to ensure the safety of you, your passengers, and those around you on the road.

As a car owner, you should probably familiarize yourself with the four most common auto policies:

Compulsory Third Party Coverage (CTP): Required in all states and territories, and provides protection for any person you may injure while driving.

Comprehensive coverage: Coverage for damage incurred on your own vehicle as well as vehicles you’ve damaged, including theft and potential legal costs for you.

Third-Party Property Coverage: Coverage for damage done to other vehicles, but not your own.

Third-Party Fire and Theft Coverage: Coverage for damage done to other vehicles as well as your own.

Dashboard Lights

Knowing the importance of and the meaning behind the little blinking lights that pop up on your dashboard can save you tons of money and keep you safer in the long run. Those little lights can tell you a lot about what’s going on under the hood and on the road.

Air Filter

Oil changes will take your engine far, but a clean air filter will help to keep even more of that harmful dirt and debris from hindering your engine’s performance, keeping you safer on the road for longer.

Refinance

You never want to cut corners when it comes to caring for your car, but there are certainly plenty of ways you can cut costs. By refinancing, not only will you be decreasing the overall cost of your car loan (along with your monthly payments), but you can put more money back into the maintenance and upkeep of your car. Check your car finance rates and see if refinancing is a viable option for you.

Not only can you save on your vehicle itself, but you can also save money on your car insurance. To guarantee you are receiving the best coverage at the most affordable rates, get rid of the guesswork, and compare car insurance with iSelect.

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Windshield Wipers

Obviously it’s important to make sure you can see out of your windows, but regularly replacing your wiper blades and wiper fluid will ensure you have maximum visibility, even in the worst or most unforeseen conditions.

Track Maintenance

Not only is it important to keep up with your car’s maintenance, but you must also keep records of your car’s maintenance history. In the event that something goes wrong (i.e. your engine fails) keeping an accurate maintenance history will help your insurance provider determine if and how much coverage you are eligible for, while also making it easier for you to remember when you need to book your next tune-up.

Regular Tune-ups

Checking your tire treads, watching the lights on your dash, and regular oil changes will certainly increase your vehicle’s life span. But, there are still things you might miss, or be unqualified to check, like your brakes or cooling system.

In some situations, it’s best to have work done at the dealership from where you purchased your vehicle, or better yet, a dealership that deals in a specific type of car. For instance, during your vacation to Cleveland, OH, you start experiencing problems with your Honda. Luckily, you don’t have to wait until you’re back home to address the issue (or worse, cut your vacation short to go deal with car repairs). Just head on over to the Honda dealership in North Olmsted, OH, get your repairs, and be back in time for your visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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