Prolong Your Car's Lifespan

March 2, 2017

There are multiple factors that affect how long your car lasts on the road, but we’re sharing the three most important tips.

Canadians often underestimate the cost of car ownership – like any healthy relationship, you’ve got to work hard to make it last. The lifespan of a vehicle can last over a decade, but with proper maintenance, you could keep your car for up to 15 years and research shows that this could save you up to $30,000 or more.

With recent improvements in automotive technology, as well as new and higher quality car products on the market, the reliability and durability of cars have improved, thus prolonging their overall lifespan. Maintenance has a lot to do with the longevity of a car, so does driving technique. There are multiple factors that affect how long your car lasts on the road, but we’re sharing the three most important tips:

1) Your Car's Owner Manual

Every vehicle comes with an owner’s manual, and ignoring it could add hundreds of dollars to your routine service bill. The owner’s manual, which includes your cars maintenance schedule, gives motorists information on when to plan major services like oil and filter changes, tire rotations, belt replacements, etc. Think of the owner’s manual as your car’s bible. If you neglect the conditioning that your car needs, you’ll be at greater risk of having to deal with an expected breakdown on the road.

2) Don't Cheap Out

Top-quality comes at a price, but investing in cheap car parts or products could cost you serious money in the long-run. The wrong mechanicals could cause serious damage to your car and lead to expensive repairs, which could diminish long-term reliability. From the engine oil and transmission fluid to how you’re washing the exterior of your car, if not maintained correctly with low-quality products, you’ll be doing more harm than good, which won’t be good for the overall health of your car or your wallet.

3) Keep it Smooth

Your driving techniques have a huge impact on how long your car lasts. Driving your car smoothly means planning your stops to avoid slamming on your breaks. It also means staying alert of your surroundings and avoiding potholes, bumps and other mishaps on the road. Driving smoothly will minimize wear on your vehicle, save fuel, increase the longevity of your car, and most importantly, keep you safe.

Postponing car repairs could result in heavy malfunctions, not to mention, an incredibly high service bill. Don’t ignore the warning signs of a mechanical problem. If you plan on having your car for a long time, it’s going to take some hard work and dedication. The payoff is thousands of dollars saved, and all it takes is a little preventative care to ensure that your car remains in tiptop shape.

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