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5 Ways to Save Money on Car Maintenance

Be a smart consumer on maintaining your car. Car maintenance can extend the life of your car and boosting the value of your car overtime. In this article, we will introduce to you 5 car maintenance money saving tips that will be surely useful for you.

1. Rotate your car tires

Front and rear tires wear differently. Front tires carry more than 60% of your car’s weight; consequently, front tires wear down faster than the rear ones. Also, turning wears the front tires at different rates. For right-hand-drive drivers , they generally take right turns faster than they do left turns. This puts more load on the left front tire which results in the left tire wearing faster than your right. After thousands of miles of driving, you end up with uneven tread wear.

Rotating tires equalizes these natural wear patterns by changing the positions of your tires. By rotating your tires regularly, you’ll ensure yourself a smoother and safer ride. This simple 15 minutes job will save you a lot of money in the long run by extending the life of your tires.

Most manufacturers recommend that you should rotate your tires every 5,000 miles. An easy way to remember to rotate your tires is to do it whenever you change the oil on your car.

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Rotate your car tires


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2. Change the oil and air filters regularly

Changing the oil and air filters is one of the less cost but very important service in maintenance process. This basic service is often the most neglected. Oil lubricates the engine components and ensures even wear. But with time and usage, oil loses its efficiency. Regularly replacing the oil (check manufacturer’s recommendations) keeps parts clean and prevents the engine from exceeding normal operating temperature. Most oil changes also include the replacement of your car’s air filter, which keeps dirt, dust and debris from entering the engine. A dirty filter forces the engine to burn too much gas and not enough air, increasing fuel consumption and causing your vehicle to run less smoothly. Please check manufacturer’s recommended oil. Using inappropriate oils will reduce the level of vehicle fuel efficiency from 1-2%.

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Change the oil and air filters regularly

3. Keep your car clean

Water, mud, salt and calcium are all enemies of metal. So be smart about keeping your car sparkling. Leaving dirt and salt on your car speeds the process of oxidization, which corrodes the metal and may affect the resale value of your vehicle. Rinse your car off once a week, or drive it through a car-wash machine to clean the underside, too (and be sure to dry the edges of the doors, hood and trunk). Depending on how long you intend to keep your vehicle, a properly applied rustproofing treatment every one or two years may help keep rust at bay.

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Clean your car frequently


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4. Keeps the Car’s Paint Shining Bright

Bright lights, shiny tires and great interiors would not have much of an effect on your car’s longevity without a well painted exterior. Your car’s paint job is one of the first things (if not the first thing) that others notice. Cars will dull, patchy paint jobs are definitely not attractive. The condition of the car’s paint job also gives an indication of how well your car is maintained. Detailing your car and paying attention to the paint job through proper waxing, polishing etc, helps to extend the life of your car


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5. Maintain fluid levels

Each fluid in your car has a purpose. From engine coolant to transmission and brake fluids, if one of these fluid levels is too low, it increases the risk of damaging the mechanics of your vehicle. If you feel confident, consult your owner’s manual on how to check your car’s fluid levels yourself. Or during your next oil change, ask the mechanic to check levels before any repair work is done. For example, difficulty shifting gears may be solved with a simple transmission inspection and fluid top-up. In comparison, a transmission replacement can run in the thousands.

Change oil

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  1. Ayub mwiti says

    Helpful tips.

    1. lan says

      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Chanda Remmy B. says

    Very informative and helpful.

    1. lan says

      Thank you for your comment.

  3. Tobias Armstrong says

    I really like the idea of keeping up on your car repairs before they get really bad. There’s a lot of things that you can do to make sure your engine continues to run well – like you said, maintaining fluid levels tends to help with that. But if you can keep you car up now, it’s cheaper to pay for small maintenance than for major repairs. Thanks for sharing!

  4. songe mwale says

    very helpful tips to all those who love their rides

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you. We will provide more useful information like this. Stay tuned

  5. kagoda moses says

    good advice keep it up

    1. Trang Tran says

      Arigatou. Thank you. Your comments encourage us a lot.

  6. Toco Warranty says

    Replace your windscreen wipers once a year to prevent smearing. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. You should check your battery if it is not in good conditions you need to replace them.

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank you for sharing your opinion. Many people will agree with you too.

  7. Scarlett Autance says

    That’s exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for this post. I love your blog and all the ideas you shared about outdoor experiences. Keep it up!

  8. Chloe Sanchez says

    A car is one of the most expensive investments any American will buy in their lifetime so it is only far that we take care and maintain our cars to promote its longevity. I agree that carrying all the proper tools in your trunk could save you the hassle of having to stop someone else if your car broke down. Don’t forget the spare tires either. Also, get a professional to regularly give your car a checkup. Thanks for the great tips!

  9. Daisy buttler says

    I appreciate your suggestion to maintain the vehicle at a regular interval to prolong the lifespan of the vehicle. Different types of fluids used in the vehicle needs to be inspected properly at a regular interval and if necessary should be replaced with suitable substitutes. Braking system plays crucial role in the performance of the vehicle. So, it is really necessary to evaluate the condition of different components of the braking system and repair or replace damaged components to enhance the effectiveness of the braking system of the vehicle.

  10. Ken Hwan says

    I never knew that if you have a dirty air filter, then you are causing your car to burn more gas than it needs to; burning too much gas really lowers your gas mileage, which is something that I try to avoid! My son recently got a new car for his birthday, and he asked me for some advice on how to keep it running as long as possible to save him some money. I will be sure to tell him that the investment in a new air filter is well worth the cost, especially since your gas mileage will go up!

  11. Emma Megan says

    Car maintenance can extend the life of our car boosting the value of our car over time. In this article the author has described five money saving ways of car maintenance. We should rotate the car tires every 5,000 miles or whenever we change the oil in our car. By doing this , we can extend the life of our car tires and there by saving some money in the long run. Other such types of tasks are changing the oil, replacing air filter, maintaining the fluid, washing the car regularly, detailing your car and proper waxing and polishing of the car to restore the paint job. By performing this tasks we can extend the life of the car & there by save our wallet.

  12. Marcus Coons says

    I totally agree with you in that it is important to rotate your tires. It is important to understand that doing some research can help you find the best way to care for your car. We need to know how to properly care for our car, so I wanted to look into it.

  13. Erwin Magalang says

    Prevention really is better than a cure! Knowing the little things you can do to keep your car in great condition is surely helpful and will save you an expensive trip to the mechanic. I think it’s a good idea to know more about cars! And the internet has a lot of sites and blogs that have car maintenance tips and guides on how to do basic car repair.

  14. Adam jerry says

    Very informative and helpful tips! Also explain very cleanly. I totally agree that it is important to do regular car maintenance to extend the life of a car. But sometimes its really expensive. But this tips really help me to save money on car maintenance.

  15. To save money on car maintenance you should check vehicle oil and air filters in a regular interval of time as this will save the cost of replacement of vehicle and while using oil for your motor you should always use of appropriate oil which provides you high efficiency as using inappropriate oil will reduce the level of fuel efficiency.

  16. Anna Campbell says

    I completely agree with the tips given in this article to prolong the lifespan of a vehicle. Routine maintenance plays a critical role in the performance of the vehicle as well as to enhance its life span. Despite that many people often ignore the importance of regular maintenance of the vehicle which could cost them a lot. The condition of different components of the vehicle should be inspected regularly and any sign which indicates that the vehicle has some kinds of mechanical errors shouldn’t be ignored and the reason behind the appearance of the abnormal sign should be spotted and fixed in time to keep it in working order.

  17. Colin Lambert says

    It is imperative to do car care chores. However, it can get expensive too. Modern day speed machines need less-frequent care. But sometimes, the replacement cost can take a big bite out of your wallet. Don’t think, you have to rebuild an engine to save your wallet. Simply making smart calls will keep you rolling for less. Keeping up with the factory maintenance regimen is the best way to save money on car maintenance. If you want, you can consult a certified mechanic and show him your business, to get invaluable recommendations on affordable car care.

  18. Fresno Auto Body says

    Well written and to the point. I appreciate the detail in this article!

  19. Emma Gloor says

    In this article, I’ve learned five Ways To Save Money On Car Maintenance. Honestly, I didn’t know these important tips. I will follow these tips to same my money on car maintenance. I really appreciate this article.

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