Replacing or repairing a car can be costly and time-consuming. Given this, it's sensible to do what you can to keep your vehicle in excellent condition. Here are three ways to do this.
Get it serviced at least once a year
Getting your car serviced regularly (that is, at least once a year) will make an enormous difference to its condition.
A car service will include a variety of checks, adjustments and fluid replacements, all of which will not only help to enhance your vehicle's road performance and fuel efficiency but will also extend its lifespan.
The replacement of the engine oil, for example, can help to ensure that your car's metal engine components are properly lubricated and thus do not wear out prematurely. Using fresh engine oil can also reduce the chances of the engine itself overheating and malfunctioning.
Similarly, the tyre pressure adjustments that a mechanic usually performs during a car service can improve your car's fuel economy, as both underinflated and overinflated tyres can increase the speed with which a vehicle consumes petrol or diesel.
Additionally, a car service gives your mechanic a chance to spot and fix minor mechanical and electrical faults before they start to worsen and become major defects that lead to the premature failure of your vehicle.
Taking a safe and sensible approach to driving will not only reduce the likelihood of your vehicle being involved in a road accident, but also will help to keep it in good condition for longer.
For example, pressing down on the brakes very abruptly will increase the speed with which the brake pads wear out. Likewise, taking sharp corners at high speeds and accelerating suddenly and aggressively will increase the rate at which your tyre treads wear away.
As such, by consciously choosing to, for instance, brake and accelerate gradually, you could save yourself the expense and stress of having to have repairs done on your vehicle.
Don't ignore unusual noises
If you hope to keep your vehicle in roadworthy condition for as long as possible, it's important to take it to a mechanic as soon as you start to hear any unusual noises coming from it, as new noises are often an indication of a fault that needs to be repaired.
If you choose to ignore these sounds, the fault that is causing them could potentially end up turning into a serious problem that shortens your vehicle's lifespan.
For example, a screeching noise which gradually evolves into a grinding noise could mean that your brake pads have worn out and the rotors are now being worn away. If you don't have a mechanic replace the brake pads at this point, the rotors could end up destroyed. These are far more expensive and difficult to replace than a set of brake pads.