New Year's Resolutions for Your Car
Happy New Year! This is the time of year where many of us set various goals and resolutions for ourselves such as to lose weight or save money in the New Year. However, most people would not think to make a resolution when it comes to caring for their car. In fact, 35% of Americans ignore preventive maintenance of their vehicles.
Extend the life of your vehicle and start 2019 off right with the following resolutions for your car:
This year I WILL keep up with my car’s fluid changes
Oil, brake fluid, coolant, transmission and other fluid changes are more than routine services. Your car depends on these vital fluids to continue to run efficiently. Here at Koester Automotive and Collision Center, we offer multiple services designed to keep those fluids, and the systems that rely on them clean and free of leaks. We recommend changing your vehicle’s fluids as specified by the manufacturer.
This year I WILL check on my vehicle’s tires and wheels
The main functions of a vehicle’s tires include supporting the vehicle load, transmitting traction and braking forces to the road surface, absorbing road shocks, and changing and maintaining the direction of travel. To ensure these functions are being adequately met, there are some important things to inspect on your vehicle’s tires on a regular basis, including the tread depth of your tires, the wear, the air pressure, and any damage or signs of deterioration. Keeping your tires properly inflated not only helps you stay safe—it provides a range of performance benefits. From prolonging the life of your treads, boosting your fuel economy, and improving your handling, having the right amount of air in your tires enables your vehicle to perform at its best.
This year I WILL schedule regular check-ups for my car
Vehicle maintenance is important to both your vehicle and your budget. Though every vehicle owner’s manuals clearly outlines your suggested maintenance schedule, nearly 80% of vehicles on the road have at least one component needing maintenance at any given time. Checkups identify signs of wear on your vehicle that may lead to a breakdown or component damage. Scheduled maintenance is in place for a reason – it’s going to keep your vehicle running more efficiently, for a longer period of time, and help your vehicle maintain its value. Failing to keep up with basic scheduled maintenance can lead to costly repairs down the road. Don’t avoid vehicle maintenance to save a few dollars, because there’s a good chance you’re going to lose in the end.
This year I WILL drive smarter
Human error is the cause of 90% of road crashes. Practicing good driving habits not only benefits your safety and the safety of others, it can also save you money and time. From lower car insurance costs to improved fuel efficiency, the benefits of safe driving are more important that you might think. Bad driving habits may cause your vehicle and its components to wear down more quickly. Let your car warm up on cold days. Accelerate and brake gently; lighten your car’s load by keeping the truck/cargo area clear of extra unnecessary items.
This year I Will keep my car clean
Keeping your car clean not only keeps it looking good and new, but lengthens its life as well. Dust, dirt, sand and salt particles stick to your car and can ruin your car’s paint finish. They are culprits for rust and corrosion especially salt, which can hasten the process up to ten times more than normal. Washing your car frequently can prevent the buildup of these particles and extend the life of your vehicle’s parts and paint finish. This also prevents costly repairs and improves your vehicle’s performance.
Keeping your car clean can also save you money. Debris stuck to a car adds extra weight which makes your car eat up more gas. Unnecessary items inside the car also add extra weight to your vehicle. Keeping your vehicle clean also prevents its resale value from diminishing.
This year I WILL address my car’s minor problems early
Nobody likes to have repair work done on their car, but answer this question. Would you rather spend $200 now to fix a small problem, or $1,000 three months from now to fix a major issue? Obviously, you’d rather address the minor issue before it becomes a major headache.
The thing is, most people ignore or simply don’t think there’s anything wrong with their vehicle until it’s too late. So the next time you take your car into the shop and the mechanic suggest a few additional fixes, think twice before saying no.
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