Buying a car is an investment, and one you don’t want to make very often. At our auto body shop, one of the questions we get all the time is how to make vehicles last longer, and we answer with the following advice:
- Start up slowly—When your car has been sitting without being on for more than five hours, it has little to no oil sitting on its moving parts. To make things easier on your car, turn it on and let is sit for 30 seconds before you drive away so you’re able to adequately lubricate the engine.
- Listen for strange noises—At our auto body shop, we get people in here all the time telling us their car is making strange noises. Even if you feel silly describing a sound your car’s making, keep in mind that more often than not, this could mean there’s something wrong with it. Every so often, turn down the radio and listen to the way your car sounds so you know when something might be off.
- Drive calmly—Don’t speed off as quickly as you can after you’ve been stopped at a stoplight, and go easy on your brakes as you drive. While the occasional sudden stop or speedy start won’t hurt anything, it’s best to drive calmly on a consistent basis.
- Make maintenance a priority—Refer to your car’s owner’s manual to determine what kind of maintenance plan it should be on and stick to it by bringing your car into our auto body shop regularly. Catching problems and taking care of them before they get out of hand can save you money and frustration in the long run.