Trying to Make Your Old Car Last? 3 Simple Ways to Keep it Running

A car payment is a tough pill to swallow, especially when you might be able to squeeze a few more years out of your current vehicle. It’s much easier to repair your car than to invest in a brand new one, so if you’re eager to keep yours running a little longer, here are our top three easiest ways.

Invest in an alignment

Alignments ensure that proper wear and tear distributes evenly on all four tires, helping you get the maximum amount of longevity. Alignments are less expensive than new tires, and you can usually go a year between each alignment service depending on the amount of driving you do.

Check fluids and pressure regularly

This may seem like a no brainer, but the number of people who neglect regular auto maintenance would surprise you. Staying on schedule with regular oil changes ensures that all of your fluids are always at the proper levels, and while your car is up on the lift, we check all of your tires’ pressure to be sure you’re reaping the benefits of their performance.

Stay calm at the wheel

Easy there, fast and furious, we know it may be more fun to drive with a little more power, but you may be damaging your vehicle in the long run. Try to focus on the way you brake. Apply pressure gently, and you can easily stretch the longevity of your brake pads. When accelerating, try to ease up more than you regularly would to allow your transmission to catch up at a proper rate.

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