Car Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

checking vehicle's oil Whether you have just purchased a new vehicle or have been driving the same one for years, regular maintenance is an important way to keep your car running smoothly. Every driver wants their vehicle to live a long life, and there are a few proactive steps you can take to ensure your vehicle is there – and running in top condition – when you need it.

Drive Consciously

You may not think anything of speeding out of the driveway in the morning or stopping abruptly at red lights, but rough driving can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle. To keep your car in top condition, drive with care, easing your car onto the road when you start it up, braking in a smooth fashion and taking turns slowly to prevent unnecessary wear and tear. Your vehicle, your mechanic and the other drivers on the road will thank you.

Check Fluids Regularly

Don’t forget about the fluids under your hood as you are driving around town. Keeping your fluids full is a key aspect of car maintenance, which is why we recommend regularly checking fluid levels and changing your oil as recommended. It is easy to forget to look under your hood, so instead of wondering when the last time you checked your vehicle, stick to a schedule and pop your hood on the first day of each month, checking your oil and transmission fluid as well as brake fluid, coolant and wiper fluid.

Address Problems Right Away

Instead of turning the radio up when you hear your vehicle make a strange noise, pay attention to what the noise sounds like and where it is coming from, then give your mechanic a call. Putting off minor maintenance will only make the problem worse, leading to a bigger problem and a bigger bill down the road. By fixing the small problems as they happen, you will ensure a longer life for your vehicle and smaller repair bills for your wallet.

To help keep your vehicle running and looking its best, PermaPlate offers a wide range of protection products, including a pre-paid maintenance program that ensures that your vehicle’s maintenance schedule is upheld.

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