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.