Show of hands, Orange County: who likes to save money? We’re going to assume most of your hands are up because nobody likes paying for costly car repairs. If you went to one of the used car dealerships Orange County and bought yourself a previously-owned vehicle, then it stands to reason you want to keep it running as long as possible, and you want to increase its resale value as well. Here are some ideas for how you can do that.
Know Your Car’s Limits
You might get a little overzealous sometimes with projects, and that can be damaging to your vehicle. For instance, your car might have a small 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine, and you might have a trunk full of masonry that you’re trying to lug around. That’s going to tax your engine because it wasn’t built for that sort of thing. By making it work overtime, several components might give out on you, and you’re not doing the suspension any favors either. If you’ve got a lot in the trunk and back seat and you find that you need to slam on the gas to get any speed on the highway, it’s a sure sign that you’re damaging your car. Get to know about your car’s engine, and whether it was built for speed, smoothness, or efficiency. Then, treat it accordingly.
Find The Right Mechanic, and Set Up A Schedule
There’s a team of professionals that you should always have in your life. You want a trusted doctor and dentist, and if you’re a car owner, you should add a mechanic to that list as well. Once you’ve found that mechanic, whether it was through word of mouth, trial and error, or whatever other method, set up a schedule for them to check out your car. You need to get regular oil changes and tune-ups and don’t deviate from that schedule once it is in place. If you bought a used car and you don’t know its previous schedule, it’s okay. Just start a new one. It can be helpful to find a mechanic that works specifically on your type of car.
Tire pressure is something that you should be aware of, similar to how much gas is in your tank. Look in your manual and know what your tire pressure should be, then check your tires each time you fill up at the gas station. Some modern cars even have onboard computer functions that tell you the PSI of each tire. If you don’t have that, get yourself a tire pressure gauge. They are inexpensive and fit right in the glove compartment.
If you follow these directives, you’ll know that you’re doing all you can to keep your used car running. You’re likely to save yourself money by preventing any significant damage. Early detection serves you well with all things automotive.