Paying Less And Getting More Use Out Of Your Car There are a few simple ways to make your car last longer and hopefully offset the amount of money lost in interest and depreciation. I have learned a few simple tricks to help save money and make your car last just a little bit longer.
I spend a lot of money on my car. It seems that I lose on both ends, as I not only pay interest on a loan, but pay interest on something that loses value as quickly as it is created. My only hope is to make this car last longer than the five years I spend on financing it. I have done some research with the hope of saving some money and help make my car last as long as possible.
I follow the manufacturer’s suggested service schedule instead of the dealer’s service schedule and plan. After comparison, I have found that the dealer recommends more frequent and intensive service schedules and recommendations. I found some more information on http://automotive.our-internet.info.
Most new cars do not require an oil change every 3000 miles, but rather every
6000 to 7500 miles, depending on usage. Also, if you do not have a reputable mechanic, be sure to mark your oil filter. Some places assume you will not check to see if your filter has been replaced as described in the service, and just wipe off the old one. Also be sure to keep records of when you had your car serviced. One popular shop recommended new wiper blades to me only after they put on new ones not three months prior.
Higher grade gas does not improve engine performance and does not give you better mileage. I tested this theory over a few months and found that the extra 20 cents per gallon did not improve my mileage. What did work was making sure my tires were inflated properly. If your car pulls sharply, add air to the tires and take them in if needed. Rotating your tires will save some miles and wear on your car.
Finally, walk, ride a bike, or car pool. This can save your car thousands of miles in a lifetime and ultimately extend your need for services to the shop.
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