Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle

Have you just purchased a new or used vehicle and are determined to keep it in great shape but are not sure what steps to take? Congratulations to you on your purchase and commitment to maintain your investment. More often than not, your job, and income, is dependent on having a car to get to and from work. Maintaining your car is a smart move on so many levels. Follow these recommendations from the automotive professionals for keeping your vehicle in top shape.

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Avoid the temptation to eat in the car. Dropped food and discarded bags can quickly ruin the interior finishes.  Take the extra fifteen minutes and eat at home or in the restaurant.  This will also eliminate the accumulation of trash in the vehicle. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and select casual clothing or active wear from ASOS and prepare to spend time cleaning your vehicle.  At least once every two weeks, take the time to vacuum the interior of the vehicle. Using a mild detergent, gently wipe down seats and dash and pay special attention to the console area. Using a cleaning solution designed for vehicles, wash the exterior of the car and thoroughly dry.  Finally, shine the windows on the interior and exterior. Avoid smoking in the vehicle as odors will linger for months and become imbedded in the upholstery and carpeting.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for service intervals. Most mechanics’ shops will place a sticker on the windshield indicating when the next service interval is due. Changing oil and maintaining tire pressure are two of the simplest preventive maintenance items you can have performed that will have a huge impact on the life of the vehicle. Have the mechanic record the service completed in the maintenance manual. Keep all service records in a safe and accessible place. Best of luck to you on your new purchase and maintaining your vehicle in top condition!

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