Just like we take care of ourselves, eat the right things, and try to stay
in shape, the same basic concepts apply to our cars. Most of us aren't
mechanics and really don't worry about our car as long as it looks
good and drives well. But by taking a stroll around your car, kicking
the tires and taking 5 minutes every other week or so to check your cars
essentials, you will save a lot of time, money and aggravation. It's
always painful to have to dig into savings to pay for car repairs and
even more difficult lately with how the economy is. Here are a few simple, easy-to-remember tips that you can do yourself.
Just as we keep hydrated throughout the day, our car needs to have the
right type, and quantity of fluids. We simply need to check our car's
oil, coolant, and transmission levels. Your owner's manual is the
perfect place for just the right information you need to check your levels.
Or your mechanic can show you the next time you’re in for a visit.
2. Manage Pressure
Keeping your tires pressure in check is an easy way to improve gas mileage.
By keeping a check on your tires you'll also be able to sniff out
a potential tire leak, a much less expensive repair vs. buying an entire new tire.
3. Heed Warning Signs
If your car's dashboard lights illuminate, give your mechanic a call.
Delaying a repair could trigger irreparable damage to the car and result
in a painfully more expensive fix.
Be on the Safe Side
Driving smarter and efficiently (driving slower) will naturally save money
at the gas pump.
The way you drive has an effect on how long your car and your gas will
last. Taking off fast and coming to a stop quickly can be bad on a car
and affect the engine, the brakes, fuel consumption and other things.
5. Beautiful Body
While most of us wouldn't be caught in public without a look in the
mirror before we go out, the cosmetic appearance of our car is important
as well. Simple things such as keeping your car washed, regularly waxed,
ensuring dents and dings are taken care of, and you'll better preserve
the value of your car as well as prevent long term issues such as rust
6. Stay Healthy
We all know how important it is to have a great doctor we see for our
annual exam, it's important to do the same for your car. Your owner's
manual will have a maintenance schedule that you should follow. But another
advantage is using the same mechanics on a regular basis, they will be
able to make sure you stick to the schedule and take care of things the
manual may not include.
What's great about these tips is that it's exactly what we think
about when we take care of our own bodies. The best part here is that
we can save loads of money by taking these preventative measures.
If you have additional questions or want to locate your local automotive
mechanic please to schedule your cars' check-up call us at (602) 863-4948.