Feb 02 2015

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

By taking care of a vehicle and treating it well, you’re almost guaranteed to extend the lifespan of the vehicle. While it may seem easy in the short term to neglect the car, regular mistreatment over time will certainly cause damage and a shortended lifespan. As an experienced and knowledgeable Vancouver auto body shop, Kirmac wants to help you keep your car running for many years to come. Here are five ways to extend the life of your vehicle.

1. Preventative Care and Maintenance

Following the vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule is essential to keeping the car running for a long period of time. This includes:

  • Regular oil changes
  • Filter and transmission replacements
  • Brake pad care
  • Air filter care

Check out the many great sites and apps available today to track vehicle maintenance schedules and setup to receive email or text reminders when service is due on your vehicle.

2. Dashboard Warnings

Many people tend to ignore the warning indicators on their dashboard, but this can result in a huge problem. Those lights are programmed to alert the driver of a problem, and the problem can get serious if left unattended to.

3. Practice Safe Driving

One of the best ways to practice safe driving skills is to avoid driving erratically. Sudden, jolting movements can cause a car’s engine, break system, and transmission to quickly deteriorate. When a car has been subjected to poor driving habits, it will almost definitely have broken seals, mechanical problems and leaky fluid.

4. Tire Replacement

Driving a car with bare tires is dangerous not only to the driver and passengers, but also to the car. Control of the vehicle is much harder on worn-out tires. A blowout could occur and potentially cause damage to the vehicle, the driver, and other drivers on the road. It’s much safer to invest in a new set of reliable tires.

5. Protect the Interior and Exterior

Keep the car’s exterior clean and dent-free to extend the lifespan and protect the value of your vehicle. Wash the exterior of your vehicle regularly, wax it twice a year, and keep the interior stain-free. Keeping a vehicle’s exterior clean will protect it from deterioration that occurs from road grime build-up. A clean and clutter-free interior provides for a safe and enjoyable driving experience.

Call Us Today

Kirmac’s collision and auto glass repair experts can assist in keeping your vehicle in top shape. Call or visit one of our 12 Vancouver area locations. We look forward to helping you extend the life of your vehicle!