Buying a car is one of the most expensive investments that you will ever make, especially if you opt for a new model. That’s why it’s so important that when it comes to your car, you do everything that you can to keep it in shape. Not only so that it runs for longer and has fewer problems, but also so that if you ever opt to sell it, you get a good amount for it. The question is, what does it take to do that? Below are four things that you should do if you want to ensure that your car stays ‘healthy’ for as long as possible:

  1. Get your car serviced once a year

One of the most important things you can do when it comes to ensuring that your car has a long life span is have it serviced on an annual basis. By doing so, you can ensure that any problems or potential problems are found sooner rather than later. This means that they’ll do less damage and that they will be easier to fix. It’s important to ensure that the company that you use to service your car also offers auto repair services. This is important as by having the problem diagnosed and fixed at the same place, should make the process cheaper.

  1. Keep it clean and tidy

If you let your car get into a mess, it won’t last as long. Old food and drinks wrappers can cause mold to grow in your car, which can damage the car’s interior and also cause other problems. While dirt on the exterior of the car can make the metal more prone to rusting, causing all sorts of internal problems. Rust can impact the car in various ways, and can sometimes make a vehicle unsafe to drive. So keeping it clean and tidy is a must.

  1. Drive carefully

Believe it or not, how you choose to drive your car can impact how long it lasts for. You see, if you drive too fast or rev the engine too much, you can cause damage to the vehicle. This damage can weaken the car and make it more prone to problems. Breaking too often can also cause problems. How you drive can have a big impact on how long your car lasts. So if you want your vehicle to have a long lifespan, it’s important to be mindful of how you drive.

  1. Protect it from the elements

Have you ever wondered why some car owners always put their car in a garage at night or place a protective cover over it? Well, the reason for this is so that the car is kept safe from the elements. Cars may be made to live outside and may be vastly weather proof. However, that doesn’t mean that extended exposure to sun, wind, and rain doesn’t have an impact.

To keep your car in good shape and ensure that it has a long lifespan, take note of the four pieces of advice above.

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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