This a sponsored post. As always, opinions are my own.
I’m a year into my current car. Since I started driving, I’ve had five cars (and one of those – my first car – was only under my ownership for a year.) That’s very few vehicles for a fairly decent amount of time. I like to drive cars until there really is no life left in them, and I want to get every last mile I can out of a vehicle.
This means I have to put some car into my vehicles.
So what can you do to help ensure you’re going to get the most life out of your car? A few things…
Oil changes are a must. Cars these days don’t generally need an oil change at 3000 miles. I actually had to call my dealership to ask about this, and was told I could drive between 5000 and 7000 miles before I technically needed an oil change. If you’re driving an older vehicle, you’ll definitely want to check that out.
Switch out filters. When you get an oil change, the mechanic will generally check your air filter. I hate having to replace these. They seem to be a hassle. However, they’re a quick part to replace and they help keep things running.
Check your tires – and rotate the tires! Get the most out of your tires by getting them rotated, balanced and aligned. Definitely check into getting them rotated when you change your oil.
Swap out wiper blades and other small (but necessary) parts as they wear down. There is no need to drive around with wipers that are streaking or worse – scratching your windshield.
Check fluids. When you get that oil change, ask about having other fluids topped off and checked. Brake fluid is an easy one to check (or have checked.)
Keep up with cleaning the vehicle. I like to get my car washed once a month. The car wash I frequent offers a free vacuum (with the purchase of the car wash) and I try to schedule the time I need for this simple task the first weekend of the month. I love driving a clean car, and to me a clean vehicle is a happy vehicle. 😉 (It’s also going to last a little longer, the more I care for it.)
Fullerton Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram is a great resource for those living in New Jersey. They have a good article explaining all about oil changes on their website (and are big supporters of going longer between oil changes if you’re driving a newer car!) Whatever you choose to do, talk with your dealership. Fullerton CDJR is only a phone call – or email! – away from some really smart decisions.