While I silently smirk when people refer to their car with endearing names, there is something to be said for giving your car the love it needs to love you back
. A well maintained car will serve you faithfully for years. We all know the basics: Keep up on your oil changes
and make the necessary repairs
as they come up. If you really want to extend the life of your ride you'll want to take extra care, considering all the details and tending to some seemingly obscure tips.
These 75 ways to keep your car in top-notch condition
will minimize your headaches and significantly extend your vehicle's life. The Reader's Digest article covers everything from the break in period, to sun protection and tire tread safety. I found this to be the most clear and comprehensive collection of tips. One of the easiest ones to implement and probably the most effective tool for easily detecting a problem is #8: Keep an auto log. More details about this tip after the break.
From the article:
Keep an auto log
Keep a pad and pencil in the glove compartment and use them to record your gas fill-ups and mileage. If you notice that your gas mileage worsens, mention it to your service man. It may be an early warning sign that something is wrong with your car.
Catching problems early could save further damage to your car and your pocket book. I would never have considered some of these pointers, but their argument makes perfect sense and the results are well worth the effort. A few of the quirky tips include running your AC in the winter, buying used tires and holding on to old hub-caps. Have a look through the 75 ways to keep your car new. What surprised you?