Cars and trucks are very expensive these days and there is no sign of them dropping in value anytime soon. This is why it is important to properly maintain your vehicle to sustain its value. Also, many people are keeping their vehicles for much longer time frames and maintaining the vehicle will avoid costly repairs down the road. The following basic car maintenance tips will help you keep your car or truck looking and running great.
Changing the oil in your vehicle at the recommended intervals is crucial to long engine life. Follow the manufacturers recommended oil change schedule, or your car may have a warning light that comes on when it is time to change the oil. In addition to oil changes, there are a number of maintenance suggestions which should be completed in your owner’s manual.
Keeping proper pressure in your tires is another thing that is important when it comes to maintaining your vehicle. If you let the air in your tires go under the recommended pressure you will experience a greater loss of fuel economy. The correct tire pressure will be printed on the side of the tire. Also, you can ruin your tires by over inflating them, so be certain your are in the recommended range.
Most people will break down and wash there car once every month or two. This is not nearly enough if you want your exterior to last and look great. A car wash is fine for in between cleanings; however, if you want to do the best job you should hand wash your car with a quality auto soap and a wash mitt. This is the only way to remove all the dirt and grim which accumulates on the surface. Also, it is important to remove bugs from the finish as quickly as possible. The acid from their bodies will eat into the clear coat of the paint if left for long periods of time. Apply a coat of quality wax at least twice a year.
It is also important to maintain the interior of the car as well. Simply wiping the dash and doors down with a damp cloth will keep the car looking great. A regular vacuuming is also important. Dirt buildup in the carpet will act like sandpaper and eventually scratch and wear through places.
Following this advice will keep your car looking great. Remember to change your oil regularly, monitor tire pressure, and regularly clean your vehicle. This will get you more money when it comes time to sell as well as keep it running smoothly for years and years.