Whether you own a BMW, MINI, Mercedes, Audi, VW, or anything else — extending the lifespan of your beloved car is super important. The great news is, it doesn’t take much to do it! You don’t have to be super passionate about cars or attend car shows every Saturday, and you don’t have to be a mechanic either. All you need is a passion for keeping YOUR car running smoothly and safely for as long as possible.
Here are 4 tips on how to extend the life of your car:
1. Regular Maintenance.
All this really requires from you is putting it into your schedule. Seriously, it’s that easy! Check your owner’s manual or call our shop with a few details about your car, and we’ll let you know how often you should be getting in for maintenance. At these checkups, your car should be getting the following services:
- oil change
- fluids checked and/or flushed
- tires rotated
- brakes and brake pads inspected
- alignment checked
- air filter checked and/or replaced
Now, most of these things are easy enough to do on your own, but the great thing about having a trusted mechanic handle it, is they’re able to detect other potential hazards or wear and tear that you might not know to look for.
2. Keep your tires inflated.
Proper tire inflation is very important for fuel economy and safety, including traction, cornering, braking, and more. Underinflation and overinflation will cause uneven wear (putting you in harm’s way) and decrease the life of your car.
Check out this post about why tire pressure is so important.
3. Keep it clean.
Believe it or not, regular car washes don’t just make your car look shiny. While that is true, washing your car also prevents scratching and rust formation, but it also clears out dust and grime from your car’s undercarriage, that could otherwise creep in and corrode underbody components like brake lines, resulting in costly repairs.
4. If you notice something is off, don’t delay.
Your car isn’t like your body. It’s not likely to heal itself or get better with the passage of time. So if you hear a weird noise, smell a strange smell, feel rumbling or thumping or pulling or anything out of the ordinary, give your mechanic a call and get your car in for a quick diagnosis. Nobody loves spending money on car repairs, but trust us — getting in at the first sign that something’s off can actually save you a lot of money in the long run.