10 tips to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle
You can easily extend the life of your vehicle by following a few simple tips. Here is a non-exhaustive list that should allow you to keep your car in good condition over time:
1- Change the Oil Regularly:
An annual oil change, or every 15,000 km, is one of the actions that considerably extend the life of a vehicle. It is a basic but important to remember because it directly affects the wear of the engine.
2- Use Original Parts:
By using spare parts from the vehicle's original brand, we can ensure their perfect compatibility. One might mistakenly think that garage owners are the best equipped in this regard. While this is true for branded dealers, many mechanics use generic parts for cost and storage reasons. Today it is possible to find branded parts at reduced prices on many sites.
3- Use a Single Brand of Oil:
By opting for a single brand of oil, mixing is avoided and the quality thus remains uniform. Well-oiled mechanics, and more particularly the engine, slow down mechanical wear. Saving on oil is a very bad calculation. It is much more interesting to invest in a good brand (Castrol, Total …) in order to prolong the life of the engine.
4- Look Regularly Under the Hood:
Once a week, take a quick look at all of the items under the hood. No need to be experienced in mechanics to spot abnormally low levels or wear on the belts.
5- Regularly Clean Your Car:
By regularly cleaning your vehicle you can notice snags on the bodywork and thus prevent damage. The maintenance of the body is just as important as that of the mechanics.
6- Wax the Vehicle Body Regularly:
By waxing the body twice a year with a polishing wax, the risk of oxidation is greatly reduced.
7- Find a Good Mechanic:
Maintaining good relations with your mechanic is a real plus for the maintenance of your vehicle. Better to change providers if you feel that you will not be able to manage a relationship of trust over time. A competent mechanic who follows the history of his interventions on the vehicle ultimately saves on vehicle maintenance and especially to have a better-maintained car.
8- Refuel Where Everyone Does:
The more throughput a gas station has, the better the quality of its gasoline. Volatile and oxidizable, gasoline stored for too long degrades and poor quality gasoline alters the mechanics during combustion.
9- Watch Out for Weird Noises:
When your car starts making "weird noises" it's time to worry. No, it won't happen by itself by magic! The small noise is necessarily a sign of a malfunction and the sooner the anomaly is identified and repaired, the less damage will be significant.
10- Love Your Car:
This should be tip number one because you only extend the life of a vehicle if you care about it. By being attentive to the slightest signs of deterioration, we can intervene quickly before the repair is too expensive or causes new problems. Some would say it's a bit like living as a couple.