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6 Tips To Make Your Car Last Longer

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May 04, 2016

In October of 2011, automobile history was made after an 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trapardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout was sold at an auction for $4.62 million. The 127-year-old model is the world’s oldest running car and is one of just six De Dions to remain in existence.

Even though the chances of your car lasting for more than a century are slim to none, there are several things you can do now to ensure your car lasts as long as possible in the future. Instead of lasting for just 10 years, like many insurance companies expect your car to last, you can make your car last for decades. These 6 tips from Bradenton Insurance will help you bring years of life to your vehicle.

1. Maintain A Maintenance Schedule

When it comes to the upkeep of your car, there is nothing more important than staying on a regular maintenance schedule. That means having your vehicle regularly serviced for example, routine oil and filter changes, normal tire rotations, scheduled timing-belt replacement, etc. Missing just one of these important steps can cause a domino effect of damage to your car and ultimately shave years off of its timespan of reliable use.

2. Close Inspection Is Critical

Take five minutes once or twice a month to closely inspect your vehicle. Walk around the exterior of your car to check out important areas. Make sure the tires are treading evenly, there is no hissing coming from hoses or screeching coming from belts, all lights are in working order, and there is nothing leaking from underneath your car. If concern rises consider taking your car in to your trusted mechanic for professional evaluation. Keep in mind that having a mechanic you trust is also key to extending the life of your car.

3. Keep Your Car Clean

As simple as it may seem, keeping both the exterior and interior of your car clean plays a big role in increasing the lifespan of your car. Frequently wash and wax the outside of your car to preserve the paint, and sustain the overall integrity of your car’s body by preventing rust, nicks, and scratches. The air in many areas of Florida is rich in salt content and humidity, which can be very harsh on your car’s exterior. Also, be vigilant about vacuuming sand, dirt, and debris from the carpet and seats that could ultimately lead to tears and holes. Habitual cleaning of your car also gives you an opportunity to catch any small problems that you might not typically notice, and allows you to replace and repair parts as needed.

4. Drive Smart

Driving smart is recommended not just because it’s easier on your car, but it’s also safer, and will help prevent you from getting in an accident that could have otherwise been avoided. Moreover, quick acceleration and aggressive braking burns a significant amount of fuel and also can be hard on your engine, brakes, and tires. Smart driving helps you avoid fender benders, dangerous driving conditions, and other situations that could bring harm and damage to your car.

5. Use Quality Parts

Even though using cheaper and more affordable parts might save you money in the short term, they will need to be replaced more frequently and will ultimately cost you more in the long run. For example, using the wrong type of oil could lead to extensive damage and expensive repairs. Using no-name belts, hoses, and other essential parts will wear quickly causing you to spend more money. A good example to follow is if your car requires premium fuel, use premium fuel to decrease risk of damage to your vehicle

6. Coverage Is Key

To keep your car in long-lasting condition, coverage is a main priority. This means not just keeping your car under a carport or in a garage, but keeping it covered with reliable auto insurance. Yes, keeping your car physically covered will prevent bird droppings, damaging debris, and harsh weather conditions from destroying your car. But having a solid auto insurance policy will provide you and your car with lasting coverage that can help you keep your car safe and running for as long as possible.

At Bradenton Insurance, we provide affordable, dependable car insurance to residents in and around the Bradenton, Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. Call us today to learn more about how we can help extend the lifespan of your car!



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