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We all know that purchasing a vehicle is a huge investment, so why not take some pride in your car by keeping it properly maintained. The simple truth is, the the better you care for your car, the longer it will last. Follow these easy preventative maintenance and repair tips to get the most out of your car. 

1. Regular Maintenance:
Don't neglect that "check engine" light! We all know when this warning appears it can be something as simple as a loose gas cap, but it can also mean something a little more serious such as overheating. If you think you are going to buy time by putting off repairs, think again. The longer you wait to have your car repaired may cost you more money spent on parts and labor. When you notice a problem do not hesitate to take your car checked out. This will help the lifespan of your car and ultimately save you money in the long run.

2. Wash Your Car Often:
Keep your vehicle clean! This simple tip is a must when it comes to resale/trade in value. Pollutants such as dust, pollen, tree sap, bird droppings, salt, etc. can affect the longevity of your paint and finish. How often should you wash your car? Anywhere from 1-2 times a month to prevent rust and other contaminants from causing a problem on the body of your vehicle.

3. Fill the Gas Tank Before It Gets Too Low:

Don't rely on your vehicle to tell you how many miles you have left until empty. When you notice your tank is about 1/4 of the way full, fill er' up. By filling up your tank before it gets too low, debris and other waste will stay out of the fuel filter, and will help your engine from having to work too hard. This is another useful and simple tip to help you get the most out of your vehicle.

4. Check the Air Filter:
This is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to maintain your vehicle. A grimy and greasy air filter can affect gas mileage and also cause your car to accelerate poorly. Having a clean air filter will allow your engine to breathe and run more smoothly. It is best to replace the air filter every 20,000 miles or once a year.

5. Check the Fluids:

There is no reason to skip this step especially when it comes to prolonging the lifespan of your car. Fluids play an extremely important role in your vehicle's engine and car health. Some of the fluids you can check yourself on a regular basis include: windshield wiper fluid, engine oil (of course), antifreeze, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. If you are unsure how to check some of these don't hesitate to break out the owner's manual to make sure you are doing it correctly. This is an easy and preventative way to keep your car lasting longer.

6. Replace the Fuel Filter:
The fuel filter makes sure only pure and clean gasoline reaches your engine. As with the air filter, the fuel filter catches debris, fragments, grime, impurities and other particles to ensure only clean gas is going into your engine. You want to check your fuel filter overtime to make sure this debris is not causing any clogs. A clean fuel filter will aid in making sure your car is running smoothly.

7. Don't Neglect the Tires:

Tires play a major role in keeping you and your passengers safe. Checking your tire pressure regularly and making sure all tires are inflated properly, will prevent issues from arising in the future. Rotating the tires is another important preventative step to take and will also extend the life of your tires. Changing the position reduces uneven wear and tear on the thread. It is recommended you rotate your tires every 6,000-7,500 miles or twice a year. Don't skip out on getting your tires aligned as well. This is another great way to increase the longevity of your vehicle.  It is imperative to your car's health to take proper care of the tires and replace them when it is necessary.

Do you have questions or need assistance with your current auto insurance policy? Contact The Louisiana Insurance Center for your automobile needs!  
  
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Sammy said...
You mentioned that the longer you wait to get things fixed, the more money you will have to spend on repairs. I was wondering if it would cost less just to buy parts and have the mechanic replace them. Thanks for the great car maintenance tips! http://www.deansautoinc.com/auto-repair-services
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