Owning a car is not a right, it is a privilege. It is a great privilege to own a car, as it can be so convenient and so helpful. There are some areas of the nation that owning a car can actually be a disadvantage, such as large cities where everything is within walking distance, and there are no garages, causing you to pay for a parking space. However, in most areas, owning a car is an advantage and can be very helpful. If you are lucky enough to own a car, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your vehicle lasts as long as possible, and stays in great condition. The advantage of owning a car can be overshadowed by the disadvantage of continually having to repair your car because it was not maintained properly.
The first step in keeping your car in great condition is to make sure you get it serviced regularly. Regular servicing will include changing the oil and the oil filter, topping off all of the fluids, checking the battery connections and spark plugs, and other things. Regular oil changes are so important to your car. It is like regular feedings for your body, it is absolutely necessary. The oil is one of the most important parts of your cars ability to run smoothly, for all the parts to work together as they should. Keep track of your regular maintenance in the log provided in the back of the owner’s manual. Keeping track of your maintenance, as well as keeping the receipts to back up the log, will help you get a better price for your car once the time comes to sell it or trade it in.
In addition to regularly scheduled maintenance, there are also important maintenance steps you need to make throughout the life of your car that are not required every 3 months or 3000 miles like an oil change. These items include things such as flushing out the transmissions, clutch work, brake work, etc. In your owners manual you will find a schedule of recommended maintenance for your car. Usually these issues are to be checked every 15K or 30K miles. Each car is different, so make sure you check your manual and know when to make these maintenance visits.
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