Car maintenance helps you save money

Car Care Council says car owners should look after their investment…

Car maintenance helps you save money

With new car prices on the up, car owners are being encouraged to protect and maintain their existing vehicle to ensure it lasts as long as possible.

The non-profit Car Care Council says maintaining a vehicle makes more economic sense than purchasing a new one.

And Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council, says the good news for car owners is that modern cars are easy to keep in good shape.

“Today’s cars are lasting longer than ever before.

“Keeping your current vehicle, and maintaining it at recommended intervals, protects its trade-in value and postpones the sting of new-car prices.”

Basic Car Maintenance and Protection Tips:

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, tyre 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.

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, fuel, 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 build-up of dirt and damaging chemicals that can harm the finish and ensures proper visibility needed for safe driving.

You can find more Car Maintenance Tips in our Car Advice section and on the Car Care Council website.

About Kate Richards 1158 Articles
Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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