As per the Consumer Reports, most cars will live for around 8 years only, or after driving for a maximum of 150,000 miles, you need to reject your car. Looking at the cost that you pay for a car while buying, surely it is not giving you good value for your money.
Also, if you ever have to move from one city to another and if you prefer to drive on your own instead of shipping your car through a service provided by Ship a Car Inc. then you may also reduce the life of your car by driving the extra mile and also consume more fuel cost. Therefore, it is always a better idea to use a car shipping service rather than self-driving your car.
Surely, you can increase the life of your car by taking a few proactive steps. If you address all issues of your car promptly rather than leaving them stranded on the roadside, you can extend the life of your car and get the most out of your investment irrespective of which model and make of your car.
The following are a few tips to keep your car always in drivable condition.
1. Read your car’s manual
Your car manual will provide a roadmap for maintaining the car, which you need to read very carefully. Most car users never care to read that. You need to know after what period you must do a particular service of your car and change the oils etc.
2. Regularly check your tires
Your tires are one of the most important parts of your car that always remains in contact with all kinds of roads where it will be driven. Therefore, you must keep an eye on the condition of your tire, fill the air and replace it if it has worn out.
3. Change the oil in time
Oils are considered the lifeblood of all kinds of vehicles and cars. Therefore, the oils must be regularly checked and replaced. Use the right quality of the oil. Your manual will tell you after how many miles you must replace the oil.
4. Replace the faulty parts
Besides tires and oils, there are several parts of the vehicle that may wear out after running for a certain mile. Some of the important parts are:
- Air filter
- Engine coolant
- Timing belts
- Transmission fluids
- Wiper belts
Besides, above many other parts may also get faulty from time to time. All these must be immediately replaced.
5. Drive differently
How you drive your vehicle has a lot to do with the life of your car. For example, if you frequently brake hard then your brakes will surely wear out faster, and your tires will also wear out. By driving recklessly in the rain or snow, then you can increase the chances of an accident too.
6. Drive less
Drive your car only when it is necessary. If you use your car too frequently for driving a little distance that you can easily walk down or cycle then surely you will take more life out of your car.
Infographic provided by Chrysler Factory Warranty, a Chrysler extended warranty company