5 things you should always do to prolong your used car's lifespan

05/15/2018 Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
If you are one of those who opt for a used car, consult our today’s article on 5 things you should do to prolong the car's lifespan.

In our previous article Should you buy a new or an used car? Check out their pros and cons, we have discussed both advantages and disadvantages of buying a new car or a used one. If you are one of those who opt for a used car, consult our today’s article on 5 things you should do to prolong the car's lifespan, hope you can enjoy a lengthened relationship with your car.

1. Being responsible

Driving crazily may threaten not only your safety but also your car itself. Hasty and careless driving often leads to unnecessary repairs that you don’t expect. The car will last much longer in the hands of cautious drivers who drive smoothly and carefully.

Being responsible also means to listen to your car’s problems since your car’s noise gives off signs which urge you to take action before further damages.

A woman in the cabin

The car will last much longer in the hands of cautious drivers who drive smoothly and carefully

2. Service your car on a regular basis

Every car has a manual which provides the owner guidelines of when to give it a maintenance service. If you buy a used one, remember to ask for the manual if the current owner still keep one.

Regularly checking up your vehicle helps you detect problems at its early age, then may save a huge fortune by fixing them before they are seriously broken.

A man maintaining a car

Regularly checking up your vehicle helps you detect problems at its early age

3. Checking your car’s tires regularly

Tires affect your car a lot. Proper tire pressure ensures your car will run smoothly. Conversely, low tires, worn-out tires, or uneven tires deliver rough rides. Besides scheduling for rotating your tires, you should always have a pump available in your car for emergency situations.

Video: How to Rotate Your Tires and Why

4. Checking your fluids

Clean fluids are needed for making sure your car runs smoothly. In addition to high-quality fluids, sufficient liquid is also essential to deliver the best ride. Most of the time, you need to check your transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluids, coolant, and engine oil each month but if your vehicle is more than 10 years old, it is advised that the fluids should be checked every other week. To sum up, first check your fluids to know if they are at a low level, then check whether they are clean or not.

A female worker changing fluids

 In addition to high-quality fluids, sufficient liquid is also essential to deliver the best ride

5. Washing your car

Your car, without regular washes, will gain a nasty look. Besides, myriad car parts covered with dust will oxidize and malfunction.

Bringing your car to a cleaning service, you can rely all on the cleaners’ skills. However, you can also learn to clean your car by yourself with few, simple equipment and materials. Of course, nothing comes easily, though time will help you achieve it. Washing your car at home not only means you are saving but also there’s a chance to draw your family member closer together to boost the happiness at the weekend. You can find a step-by-step-guide to wash you car at home like a pro in our earlier article here.

Men washing a car

You can also learn to clean your car by yourself with few, simple equipment and material​

>>> Also check out more car maintenance tips and advice on Naijauto.com

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