Being a vehicle owner comes with a lot of responsibility. One thing that can’t be undervalued is the healthy maintenance of your car. Below is a list of 3 things to always keep in mind when maintaining the health of your vehicle.
Your car’s oil is essentially its life support. The importance of regularly scheduled oil changes in your car cannot be understated. Running your engine for an extended period of time beyond the manufacturer’s suggested change date could be detrimental to your vehicle. From locking the engine and it failing to start to creating a malfunction while driving and causing an accident, your car not receiving regular oil changes is NEVER a good thing. Most oil types are suggested to be changed every 3,000-4,000 miles. Of course the suggested mileage oil change can vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle and your driving habits.
It is a good idea to consult a certified mechanic regarding oil changes in your vehicle and to ask about the suggested time between changes based on your typical usage of your car. While visiting your local car shop, go ahead and schedule your next oil change and stay on top of this healthy car maintenance tip!
2. Keep at least a half tank of gas in your car.
This one might seem a little out there, but hear us out! When there is empty space in your gas tank during the winter, condensation can develop and freeze, causing blockages in your fuel and making your car hard to start. These same spots that develop condensation can also potentially form rust spots in your tank which can be a very expensive repair job!
And lastly, your fuel pump needs gas to operate properly. If the pump sucks in air as opposed to fuel, that air will generate into heat and eventually cause your pump to malfunction or breakdown altogether! It may seem costly to make sure your tank is half full at all times, but it may save you some very pricey repairs throughout the life of your vehicle.
3. Wash your car each week.
The smallest dust and dirt particles are the ones we don’t think very much about. It’s easy to wipe or spray off the huge mud blotch or finger prints that you see on your car, but its the small bits that can cause damage to you car. Think about salt that is spread onto the roads during winter. The more cars that drive over the salt, the more fine it becomes. The salt can attach to your car and eventually eat away at the paint if you’re not washing it regularly. There is also the value of taking pride in a clean vehicle. You’ve pulled into the store and seen that one vehicle that looks like it has flipped down a sand dune several times and left that way. And there is always a clever “wash me please” etched into the dust on the back glass. DON’T LET THAT BE YOU! You can also increase the value of your vehicle by keeping it clean! In the event of you trading your vehicle, the appraiser may run across small scuffs and scratches do to dirt and dust. This can impact what your car appraises for and affect the deal you’re trying to make. Keeping a clean ride has a multitude of benefits!
And there it is! 3 Tips for Healthy Car Maintenance! We hope this blog is helpful to you as you continue your journey as a car owner. If you have any questions about how your car’s condition can impact your insurance coverage, contact your local agent to go over your automobile policy or view the Auto Insurance section on our website!