In our second part of our “Show Your Car Some Love” series, Warranty Direct wanted to show you how easy it is to keep your vehicle in your life longer! Although gas prices have recently dropped, auto labor rates continue to rise. No one has time to worry about their vehicle breaking down, so it’s wise to protect your investment now to save yourself a costly repair bill later. Follow these simple tricks to extend your vehicle’s lifespan while saving hundreds, even thousands, of dollars in the long run.
Plan Maintenance Ahead of Time
Thoroughly read the owner’s manual and take a look at your car’s recommended maintenance schedule. This will help you avoid expensive problems with your vehicle’s most important components. It is also essential to stick to the recommended schedule to ensure you get the maximum benefit of the manufacturer’s warranty.
Respect Your Vehicle’s Dashboard
This might be the most important tip on the list, since it’s the simplest way you can save money in the long run and keep your vehicle running like new. Each warning light serves as a message for the driver to know if something is wrong with their vehicle. If you ignore the dashboard’s warning lights, you could be facing an unexpected breakdown and/or expensive repair bill. Some lights imply your vehicle needs immediate attention, while others can be taken care of within a few days. Read up on your owner’s manual and educate yourself about each light’s purpose.
Wash Your Car
Over time, your vehicle will endure a lot of road salt, sludge and pollution from the road. Without a regular cleaning, you will start to notice some rust buildup on the bottom of your doors in as little as four years. If you let your car go even longer, corrosion will make its way into the underbody components, and you might be looking at thousands of dollars in rust-related repairs. Plus, who wants to cruise around in a filthy car anyway? After all, it’s much more enjoyable to drive a clean car than sporting a “Wash Me” finger painting on your back window.
Use the Parking Brake
This is a no-brainer when you are parked on an incline, but it’s wise to utilize your parking brake regularly (even if you have an automatic transmission). By using the parking brake habitually, it will help keep the brakes adjusted in the rear, allowing them to last longer. Beware of using the brake in the winter, or you could be without a vehicle until spring! Your parking brake will get stuck in frigid temperatures and won’t be able to move until it thaws.
Protect Your Wallet from Unexpected Breakdown Costs
If an unexpected mechanical breakdown was to occur, you would not only endure a great deal of stress but pricy repair bills as well. Protect your vehicle, wallet and overall peace of mind with an extended warranty from Warranty Direct. Every extended warranty plan comes with complimentary features such as roadside assistance, car rental reimbursement, your choice of repair facility, and more!
Your car can be around for as long as you want it to be. Make the decision to take care of your investment and let your vehicle have a fighting chance to be in your life until it’s an antique. To learn more about how to get the most comprehensive coverage for your vehicle, contact us or call (800) 632-4222.
We want to hear from you! What other ways can you extend your vehicle’s lifespan? Do you own or have you had a vehicle last for 15-20 years? If so, what tricks/maintenance have you performed to have it last so long?