With used car prices up at least 25% in the past two years and new car shortages, you may realize that you need your car to last longer than you’d planned. Although there are many reasons people want a new car, there are only three reasons you may need a new car; a catastrophic failure due to poor car maintenance, a growing family, and a major accident. That’s why proper maintenance is essential if you want your car to last. Here are the three must do’s that will help your car last.
A washed car not only looks nice but a clean car has other advantages. With our salty air, corrosion can set in quickly. Running your car through the car wash can remove the salt water. However, that’s not the only part of your car you should be cleaning. Also make sure you have clean air filters, battery terminals and fluids in your car. Check your car maintenance schedule as to when to flush the various fluids and you’ll get years more life out of your car than you would without this essential maintenance.
Rotate, Replace and Align
One of the easiest pieces of car maintenance to ignore is rotating tires. However, when you rotate them about every 7,000 miles, they’ll last longer and keep you safer. Remember, avoiding an accident will help you keep the car you have (and the low insurance rates). When the time comes for new tires, replace them and talk to your mechanic about an alignment and whether it’s recommended at this time.
Stop in for a Brake Check
Your brakes keep you and those around you on the road safe. If you notice your car feels different when you press on the brakes or your car isn’t stopping as quickly, come in and get your brakes checked. We will let you know if you need new pads or more. Bad brakes account for nearly 25% of all accidents.
We Can Keep Your Car Properly Maintained
As a local independent automotive shop, we offer car maintenance to all makes and models. Call (727) 784-3501 or come by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar to schedule your car’s maintenance or find out if you need new tires, brakes or another service.