A new family car represents a major investment for most people so it is not surprising that many motorists are keen to find ways to extend the useful lifespan of their new acquisitions. In addition to obvious measures such as driving responsibly and having your car serviced by qualified professionals on a regular basis, there are a number of other things you can do to make your car last longer than would otherwise be the case.
Increasing the Lifespan of Your Family Vehicle
All of the following measures should help to increase the useful lifespan of your car and its components:
- Use Your Climate Control on a Regular Basis – If your car is fitted with air conditioning, it is a good idea to make sure that you use it regularly, to reduce the chance of refrigerant leaking. Air-con systems that are left idle for long periods of time tend to leak more, resulting in extra repair bills as they need refilling more frequently.
- Check Engine Oil Level and Colour – Although many motorists leave this task to mechanics at regular service intervals, you can significantly increase the lifespan of your car’s engine by checking the oil yourself, once every week or two. Replacing dirty oil will help to reduce wear and tear on internal components.
- Wash Your Car on a Regular Basis – Washing your car regularly not only ensures that it remains in showroom condition for longer, it will reduce the wear and tear on chassis components that dirt and grit may otherwise cause.
If you take a little extra care with the maintenance of your family car, you should find that you are repaid with a more reliable vehicle that lasts for longer than a neglected model would, making all of your extra efforts well worthwhile.