Winter is tough on our cars. Let’s not add to that stress by making silly (rookie) mistakes. Here are five things you can do to increase your car’s resale value, keep it in better shape for longer, and reduce maintenance costs along the way.
Start your car, and go.
No need to let it idle. Today’s cars are designed specifically so you don’t need to idle. If you leave your car idling for more than a few minutes, buildup can begin developing on your spark plugs, making them less efficient and will eventually waste gas.
Check your tires often.
Be sure to check your tire pressure and tread regularly. Tires that are too worn or improperly inflated can cause alignment issues and ultimately cause your car to drive less efficiently. In a worst-case scenario, your tires could blow out on the highway – a dangerous situation for you and those driving near you.
Go the speed limit.
Besides being the law, going the speed limit is actually good for your car. Crazy, right? Going too fast means that you’re more likely to hit your brakes hard, fast, and abruptly which wears your brake pads and tire tread more quickly.
Avoid riding the brake.
Just like slamming on the brakes often is tough on your car, so is riding them. Doing this also wears your brakes down for no good reason (and it’s annoying for those of us following behind you).
Park in the shade.
Allowing your car to bake in the sun too often will lead to discoloration and cracks in materials. If you can’t park in a garage or in the shade, invest in a set of sunshades to protect the interior of your car.
For more insight on keeping your car new, check out autos.col.com.
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