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Many of us rely on our vehicle like we rely on our lungs. Okay, maybe that was going a little far, but you get what I mean. Our car is how we live, it’s how we get to work, how we go run errands, and how we get our kids to school. It isn’t our lungs, but it is something many of us can’t live without. Purchasing a new car or used car for that matter can get pretty expensive. Maintaining a car can be expensive as well if you don’t know how to take care of it properly on your own. Sure, everyone’s vehicle is going to need to be in a garage to get some work done at some point, but the less the better. So let’s get to a few easy tips to maintain the longevity of your vehicles life span.

Regular Checkups

This is very important and can save you a good amount of money in the long run. As stated above, everyone should keep their vehicle maintained. It may cost you $80 dollars to take a trip to the local garage to have all the fluids in your vehicle replaced and everything checked out to make sure it is running properly. That is chump change when we’re talking about vehicles. Paying small amounts of money to keep your car up to par NOW can save you from paying large amounts of money down the road in either fixing your vehicle, or having to purchase a new one for that matter.

Don’t Abuse Your Car

Okay, so I know when I was 17, I use to speed around in my 98 mustang GT stomping on the pedal whenever I got a chance. Revving the engine at red lights was the usual, peeling out to impress girls happened all too often. Well, I can tell you now that I was pretty stupid. All of the things I mentioned above are actually really important things NOT to do if you want your car to last a long time. Revving up your engine heats up the engine quickly, which can cause problems with gaskets and also all types of leaks in the engine which can be very expensive to fix. If you drive the speed limit, and gradually work your way up to the speed limit, you will find your car lasting much longer, and less maintenance.

Read Your Car’s Manual

This one seems so simple I shouldn’t have to talk about it right? Wrong, one of the biggest problems when people buy a car is they don’t read the owner’s manual for the vehicle. This is especially a problem for people buying used cars. You may buy a car with 90,000 miles on it that you think is working perfectly, and needs no work. This may be the case, but most of the time it is not. Any vehicle with over 75,000 miles on it is going to be prone to break downs. Different vehicles have different requirements for mile markers. For example at 100,000 miles the manual might say the hydraulic fluid needs to be changed, at 120,000 miles it might need new gaskets. Read over your manual carefully and you may find a few things out about your car you never knew.

In closing, most of us are lost without a car. You may not realize it until you are without one, but they are very important. With all the other bills we have to pay and take care of each and every day not having to dump money into your vehicle can be a lifesaver. So if you want to increase the lifespan of your vehicle, you just need to remember to not drive the car into the ground, keep up with maintenance checks, and make sure you know your vehicle inside and out and you should be getting the most you can out of your car!

At AAMCO Colorado, we want you to enjoy  driving as much as possible. More importantly though we want you to be safe on the road.  If you live in  Colorado and need a Transmission ServiceRadiator RepairBrake Repair,  or any other Auto Repair, please contact your local AAMCO Colorado Locationto schedule an appointment. Also be sure to see how we can help winterize your vehicle!

The author of this piece is Coin Quinn and a writer for DriverPhysicals.com. He is an avid blogger and car enthusiast who enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
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