The New Rules for Car Maintenance
Your automobile is an investment. Whether you use your vehicle for work or simply for your family’s essentials, your automobile is a vital part of day to day life. Our ability to travel helps connect us with our society and thereby the very things we need to not only survive, but to thrive in today’s world.
Purchasing an automobile is also an investment in your financial well-being. By making responsible, regular car payments, you are able to build and maintain a healthy credit score. Having a great credit score is an important piece of living in today’s times. It can affect your ability to make important purchases such as a home, it can get you the best rates on credit cards and vehicles, and credit scores are even routinely checked when searching for an apartment and sometimes even a job.
The personal automobile has far reaching impact throughout our daily lives. With such a huge importance given to our automobiles, it is important that we take care of them.
While we all think we know the right ways to treat our vehicles so that they continue to be reliable, there are many common maintenance mistakes that people make that can lead to disaster. Auto City Credit has been helping people get into quality automobiles regardless of credit since 1958, and we want to help you stay there. Here is a list of some of the most common used vehicle maintenance mistakes courtesy of Auto City Credit:
- PROPER TIRE PRESSURE/ROTATION: For many of us, we don’t think about our tires unless they are causing us problems. Making sure that tires are inflated to their proper levels (changes in temperature can affect tire pressure for instance) can help preserve the life of a tire and save on gasoline, which is a nice perk we all can enjoy with gas prices so high! In addition, front and rear tires wear at different rates. Rotating your tires per your owner’s manual will also help you get the most out of your gas mileage and tire life.
- CHANGE YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS: It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that it is much easier to avoid an accident if you can see. Like tires, wipers often get forgotten about until they begin to cause us trouble. Changing your wiper blades regularly can help keep our visibility at its best and lessen the chances of an unfortunate accident.
- TUNE UPS ARE SOMETIMES A THING OF THE PAST: Believe it or not, this is a true statement. Newer, modern automobiles do not require the same tightening and tweaking that the autos of the past required. Of course, this doesn’t apply to older or used vehicles with more wear, but you don’t always have to change parts simply to change parts. You can sometimes wait until you hit big milestones such as 60,000 or 120,000 miles to check the items that do wear out such as your timing belt and spark plug wires.
- HIGHER OCTANE IS NOT NECESSARILY BETTER: In fact, running the fuel octane rating that is suggested for your vehicle is the best way to ensure the best for your vehicle. Putting a 93 octane fuel into a car that runs on 87 doesn’t help anyone other than the fuel companies!
- THE 3,000 MILE OIL CHANGE: Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were automobiles that required oil changes every 3,000 miles. Fortunately for us, and our wallets, advances in synthetic oils and engine construction make that figure outdated. Many automobiles do not require an oil change until 5,000 miles, with some capable of going as many as 15,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for the suggested oil type and mileage for changes. This could save you plenty in unnecessary maintenance while still preserving the life of your automobile.
- DIRTY AIR FILTERS: This is a big one when it comes to fuel economy! If you have a dirty air filter, you are going to see a difference at the gas pump. There is no set schedule for air filter maintenance, but this one is common sense. If you tend to drive a lot of grimy city streets or on rural dirt roads, your air filter is more likely to collect debris and should be checked more often. If you simply drive to and from work you will probably be fine for quite some time. Use your best judgment here but do not forget about it – a simple dirty air filter can cost a driver big $$$.
- CHECK ENGINE LIGHT: Whenever that light on the dashboard pops on, it can immediately have a driver seeing dollar signs. Before you drive into a ditch in frustration, check your gas cap. Believe it or not, a loose gas cap can cause the check engine light to come on and send you to the garage for no good reason! It may not be your solution but it is always worth a look.
There are numerous things that can go wrong with an automobile but by following some of these simple tricks you can avoid paying out the nose, and we are very happy to help you with these tips to keep your car running well for as long as you’ll need it. If you don’t have a reliable car yet, make sure to stop by and take a look at our inventory – we can get you approved even with bad credit!