DIY Tips to Add Years to Your Car’s Life

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Your vehicle is your life line to the rest of the world. Statistics show that more and more car owners are planning on driving their vehicle “until it dies” and in today’s economy, the longer that is, the better. With the average price of a new vehicle coming in at over $30,000, maximizing in your investment is a no brainer.

With more car owners deciding to drive their vehicles for 100K+ miles and not looking into trading their car in for a new model every few years, consumers are starting to “safeguard” their investment and ensure that it performs as well as it should over the course of its life span.

DIY Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

There are DIY tips everywhere on the Internet that are inexpensive and savvy for car owners. We found our favorites and are now sharing them with you.

Avoid Aggressive Driving and Hard Braking

Seems like a no brainer, but so many in the Las Vegas valley will struggle with this no time and no cost option to extend the life of your vehicle. And yet this simple change in driving can extend the life in your engine, transmission, suspension, tires and brakes.

Keep Exterior Paint Clean with Regular Washing/Waxing

Las Vegas Summers can be rough on paint jobs. With over 200+ days of sunlight, fading can start on a new vehicle from the moment you drive it off the lot. And with our desert landscapes and high winds, dust can cause damage the the exterior surface of a car. For a low price and a little bit of time, keeping the exterior paint clean with regular washing and waxing, you can prevent rust and corrosion of metal parts by removing the pollution and dust on the exterior of your Las Vegas vehicle.

The same can be done for the interior of your car. Keep all trash and garbage picked up and throw out any food that is eaten in the car immediately. By using a conditioner on leather seats or adding seat cover and floor mats, you can extend the life of the interior by preventing wear and tear.

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated

Keeping your tire pressure at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure has been proven to add thousands of miles to the life of your tires. By having the tires properly inflated, you allow the weight of the vehicle to be properly distributed throughout. This easy and important maintenance can be seen in better gas mileage and a smoother ride.

Change Engine Oil and Filter at Recommended Service Intervals

Most manufacturer’s recommend that you change your oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles. Other things need to be checked and fixed from time to time, but changing the oil is probably the most important part of routine maintenance on a car. An oil change consists of removing the old oil from the vehicle’s engine and replacing it with new, fresh oil.

Regularly changing your oil has proven to add years and tens of thousands of miles to the life of your engine. This is probably the most important thing a car owner can do to extend the life of their Las Vegas vehicle.