Although for many, buying a car is more of a cost than an investment, we like to see it as the later because a car can potentially be with you for a while if you know how to take care of it. By knowing how to prolong or extend the life of your car, you'll be saving money in expensive repairs that could have resulted in a new engine, meaning several thousand dollars extra.
This is one of the main topics we like to discuss with our clients to make sure that we are showing them how to take advantage of the life of the car and we now want to share these tips with you!
Needless to say, our Tip #1 is to make sure that you are following the routine maintenance that your car needs like changing the oil and checking the transmission, in order to prevent any failures while on the road, which definitely helps you extend the life of the car.
Our Tip #2 is to be conscientious on how you are driving.This may sound crazy to some of you but you would be surprised of how many people think they can drive, and instead they are damaging their car one mile at a time. The way that you drive can have a direct effect on the lifespan of your car. In fact, the way that you drive and the conditions you drive your car in can directly affect your engine's fuel economy.
Tip #3 Take it easy when it's fresh out of the oven!
We have all felt the excitement of having a brand new car and wanting to test the wheels in the highway. As normal as this feeling is, it is the wrong thing to do specially with a brand new car. Keep in mind that when you first get your card your salesperson normally mentions that the first 1,000 miles are for testing purposes or to "break-in" the car. The reason for this is because right after this, the first maintenance that you'll get will serve to check how the newly manufactured engine performs and if there are any adjustments needed. This does not mean that you cannot test the speed of the car, just make sure you are not using one specific speed for a or gear for a while.
This said, make sure to consult with your salesperson or dealership on what are the steps to test the car for the first 1,000 miles. They'll be able to provide manuals and advice on how to test your car's speed.
Tip #4 Let your car warm up
Depending on the season, it is recommendable to let your car warm up a little if the weather is cold. Much like us humans needing to stretch before going jogging during winter time, your car also needs to warm up for a minute or two before speeding to get into the road.
The reason for this is because the cold weather affects the engine, making it slower to get the amount of energy needed to perform at the most optimum level. The battery carries a lower charge whenever sitting out in the cold weather. Also, the oil, being a liquid becomes cold and thick, which makes it more difficult for the car to process this for it's normal operation. There's also an impact in pollution.
The best way to make sure that you are taking care of your engine is to wait around 30 seconds to a minute (depending on how cold it is outside), and then driving your car gently until the engine has warmed up.
This advice is also applicable in a different way when the temperature is hot outside. Make sure you are allowing your car some time to cool off before putting pressure on the engine.
Tip #5 Unless you are working for NASCAR, leave the constant speed for professionals
We don't mean to sound boring here but not only would it be good to keep the speed levels under the speed limits to guarantee your safety and the safety of others, but also to take care of your engine.
When you speed up, you are actively wasting gas (which is not a good idea financially these days), you are increasing the gas emissions and polluting the environment (no matter how "green" your car may be") and you are forcing your engine to work harder, forcing pistons and other parts to move at a higher speed than they are used to. This over a prolonged period of time can really use up the parts in your car faster than you are supposed to.
We hope that these tips, as common as they might be, serve you as a reminder to take care of your engine and to focus on ways to prolong the lifespan of your car.
Keep in mind is important to give your engine and car the right maintenance, for which we recommend to book an appointment with us. We'd love to serve you!