Tips to Help Extend the Life of Your Car

December 19th, 2014 by

The model of car you buy has the greatest impact on how long you can expect your vehicle to last. Certain models are known to last well beyond 200,000 miles if cared for properly. However, no matter what kind of model you buy, the car won’t last nearly as long if you don’t take the right steps to care for it, including getting the right maintenance and making the right changes to your driving habits.

Here are a few things you can do to help extend the life of your car:

Get a Synthetic Oil Change

Standard oil has a lot of impurities in it that can build up in your engine and slow down its performance, such as detergents and contaminants. Synthetic oil is purer and lasts longer. It is also thinner, and it will promote top performance in your engine for a long time.

Getting a synthetic oil change can help you protect your engine from potential leaks, jams, overheating and more.

Use Fuel Conditioners

Over time, fuel can oxidize and break down or leave deposits in your fuel tank. Your fuel lines can get clogged up, which can impair your car’s performance and shorten its life span. Adding fuel conditioners can help to protect your fuel line from these deposits, thereby helping to protect your car’s performance, as well.

You can buy and add fuel conditioners yourself, or you can ask your mechanic to do it the next time you are getting your car serviced.

Choose a Higher Grade of Fuel

You can protect your fuel line and your engine by putting in a higher grade of fuel to start. Premium and mid-grade fuels have fewer contaminants in them that will clog up your fuel line. You’ll spend a little more at the pump, but you could save a lot more in the long run on reduced maintenance and repairs.

McCluskey Chevrolet offers a complete line of maintenance services that will help you extend the life of your vehicle, including a high-quality synthetic oil change. Bring your car in to develop a personalized maintenance plan that will help you get the most life out of your vehicle.