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3 Odd Ways to Help Your Car Last Longer

Doing routine maintenance as directed by your owner's manual is a great way to help your vehicle last longer, but here are three tactics you probably haven't thought of.

Lose the Weight
No, not those extra pounds from Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we're talking about any extra, unnecessary weight in your vehicle's trunk. The more weight a vehicle carries, the harder the engine has to work, the more strain on the transmission and the more force that the brakes have to deal with. Lightening your load will not only improve your gas mileage, but it will help your vehicle age better.

A Little Morning TLC
You know how you're a little sluggish before your coffee kicks in? Your vehicle's engine is the same way. After sitting overnight, the oil settles. If you give your vehicle a quick 30-60 seconds to warm up, you'll give the oil pump a chance to get oil moving throughout the engine and reduce the friction between engine components which will extend the engine's life.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Keeping your car clean isn't just about having it look good, washing your vehicle removes contaminants that can cause rust to form. While surface rust can be removed by sanding and repainting (which is more costly than a car wash), if it's left unattended, rust can penetrate into your car's frame, damage its structural integrity, and even make it unsafe to drive.

If you have questions about your car's maintenance or need to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 822-9314.



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