If you need to park your car for an extended length of time, then you will be taking a chance of the car getting destroyed in a number of ways while it is parked. One thing a lot of people choose to do is throw a car cover over their car, but this is only going to protect the paint job from things like dirt, bird droppings, and sun damage. However, a car that's parked for a long period of time will be at risk of much more than just these few things.
Your vehicle will last for many years with regular maintenance, safe driving, and care. To make your vehicle last as long as possible, follow these five tips.
1. Check your oil
This may sound simple, but don't suspect that your car is running fine on oil just because your oil light hasn't come on yet. Technically, by the time your check engine or oil light comes on, your vehicle is already in trouble.
Caught with a slowly deflating tire, you might be tempted to buy a new tire to replace it. However, there are cheaper ways of keeping that old tire going. In fact, many of the following tire services are free, and you can get these services just about anywhere.
It does not compute that humans breathe air for free, but many gas and service stations charge you to inflate your tires.
It is imperative to make sure that you are well aware of the signs that may indicate that you have a vehicle with a transmission that is starting to fail. The reason this is so important is because you may want to see about getting that transmission fixed before it completely stops working. After all, by that point, there may be no use in trying to fix it. It might simply need to be replaced, which can end up costing a considerably large amount of money.
Your vehicle's tires are the component on your car that receive the greatest amount of general wear and tear, simply because they are also the only component that are actually in contact with the road while you are driving. Over time, this wear and tear can cause structural damage to your tires, which can negatively affect the performance of your vehicle and make a flat tire – or even a collision – a more likely possibility by reducing the amount of control that you have over your vehicle in motion.