Easy Preventative Car Maintenance to Help Make Your Family Car Last Longer

Easy Preventative Car Maintenance to Help Make Your Family Car Last Longer

Easy Preventative Car Maintenance to Help Make Your Family Car Last Longer
When you’re a parent, keeping up with kids, work, and house is such a chore that you can neglect the maintenance on your car. It’s easy to put it on the back burner when the car is running well, but to keep it running well you have to do your part. Here are a few tips that you can use to keep your vehicle running well so that you can depend on it all year long.

Perform a Walk Around Inspection of Your Car When You’re Getting Gas

Most people fill up on the weekend, so use this time to check out your car. Make a point to take a few extra minutes to do a quick inspection. Look at your tires. Check the pressure at least once a month, but watch for signs of wear or uneven tread. Empty the trash out of your car while you’re at the gas station. Keeping the inside of your vehicle clean is important to its resale value and to your own pride in your ride. Once a month, you need to make a point to check the antifreeze, oil, and any other fluids that could be getting low.

Regular Maintenance

Keeping your car working its best requires regular oil changes and maintenance. You just cannot ignore it. Spending $25 for an oil change is much better than spending $250 or more to repair the engine because the oil wasn’t lubricating the parts right. When you take your car in for an oil change, the technician checks all the fluid levels and typically tops them off if they’re low. Click here to find a shop in your area.

Use Technology

Newer cars have sensors that help you remember to get your oil changed or check the pressure of your tires. If your car doesn’t have this technology, there are plenty of apps that you could download to send you a reminder. If you use a day planner, make a note in your to-do list each month. Some companies send reminders to have your tires rotated and checked. You depend on your car for so much, that if you don’t take care of it, you’ll be staying at home until it is fixed. Don’t forget to include the big things, getting your brakes checked or transmission flushed, whatever is recommended for your car. Click here to find apps that work for car maintenance.

Always Go to the Same Shop

Take your vehicle to the same oil change shop or mechanic for work. They’ll get to know you and your car. You’ll learn more about taking care of your particular vehicle because they’ll feel comfortable talking to you about problems that they are seeing. You get better customer service and your car will be better maintained when you know what to expect and trust the people taking care of your vehicle. Click here for preventative car maintenance.

Maintain Your Vehicle

Today’s cars are made to last longer than their predecessors, but they do need care to make them last. There are a lot of things that you can do to protect your investment in your vehicle, but you do need to make it a priority. Taking just a few minutes each week to keep your car clean and to watch for problems will keep your car reliable and dependable, so that you can count on getting to your destination every time.

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15 responses to “Easy Preventative Car Maintenance to Help Make Your Family Car Last Longer”

  1. Christy Maurer Avatar

    Yes, I try to, but some of the things are so expensive like timing belts! I wish they were included in warranties because they are almost $1000 to replace! I will be getting a tune-up soon.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Avatar
    Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    My husband is in charge of all car things in our family! Whatever he is doing, he’s doing it well because the cars always run smoothly!

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle Avatar

    This is 100% my husband’s department, but he’s always changing the oil, checking fluids, and referring to part numbers, so I’m pretty sure he’s got it covered. =D

  4. Alli Avatar

    My husband keeps my car in tip top shape. A few days ago I mentioned that my air didn’t seem to be cooling the car like it should. The next day the mechanic checked it and sure enough, it needed freon. I’m glad my husband looks after our car maintenance.

  5. Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies Avatar

    Right now we don’t own a car but in the next few years we hope to. It’s certainly good information to keep in mind for then. Thanks!

  6. Liz Mays Avatar

    I learned my lesson not to skip regular maintenance the hard way. These are great tips!

  7. Chubskulit Rose Avatar

    Myhusband does all these stuff. It really make the car last longer when you take care of it. Thanks for the the tips.

  8. Nancy (@spiffykerms) Avatar

    Oh my little mazda is getting so old. It’s my fav car I’ve ever driven, hopefully it’s going to last me a few more years yet.

  9. Grace Hodgin Avatar

    I like your idea about walking around the car when filling up with gas. We make an effort to maintain our car. Replacing them is just to expensive.

  10. Dawn McAlexander Avatar

    It is a good idea to have a regular mechanic that you know and trust. That way they can get to know yo and your car really well. Taking your car to the mechanic is like taking your kids to the doctor: don’t let just any one work on them!

  11. Alyssa C Avatar

    We actually just got new tires for our car and it drives so much smoother. I leave all the maintenance up to my fiance and he does an amazing job.

  12. Rosey Avatar

    I am going to be in the market for a new car very shortly here. I always like to read maintenance tips. Never know when they’ll come in handy.

  13. Jeska Avatar

    These are great tips that I try to remember but I’m so terrible at it! Hopefully these help!

  14. Jacqueline Avatar

    Oil changes are so much more important than people think! It will take years off the life of your car if you don’t get your oil changed regularly! Everything will turn to sludge and then it’s really too late to fix the problem.

  15. Yona Williams Avatar

    My parents are so lucky because they have the sensor technology that you mentioned. They know when they have to do oil changes and add air to a specific tire – very helpful.