It is a brand new year and with every new year comes new resolutions. Well, for some of us, we simply dust off last year’s resolution and take another crack at it. Hello again, gym membership. One resolution that is easy to keep is taking better care of your car. To some folks hearing this only sounds like, “So, I need to spend more money on my car this year?”

Taking better care of your car does not have to be about spending more money. In fact, in most cases, it will mean spending LESS money. We’re not kidding. It is no secret that a well maintained car, like any other machine, will perform better, have fewer costs associated with part failure AND have a higher resale value than a vehicle that goes without routine maintenance and proper care. So, how can you do a better job taking care of your vehicle in ’15?

  • Routine maintenance is key. Stick to your oil change requirements on the sticker in the upper left hand corner of the inside of your windshield. Don’t forget also to have your maintenance completed at 30,000, 60,000 and 90,000 miles. We routinely replace small components critical to the health of your car during these check ups such as wires or spark plugs. Faulty or old wires and plugs can lead to bigger problems with more expensive areas of your vehicle. This is where routine maintenance becomes a cost saving exercise.
  • Wash and Wax during Winter. Keeping winter road salt off of your car’s nooks and crannies can protect paint and the parts of the undercarriage of your vehicle including areas of the suspension and body for years to come. To protect the paint, put a coat of wax on your car before winter hits. Since we have yet to have too much snow so far, it is not to late to gain a benefit from this. Continue to wash your car a few times throughout the winter to clear away salt deposits that gather from routine driving.
  • Settle down on the roads. Not only can aggressive stops and starts lead to accidents or at the very least confrontations with pedestrians and fellow drivers, this sort of driving is hard on your car. You can put wear on brakes, tires, exhaust and your vehicle’s engine when driving aggressively. This can lead to exponentially higher maintenance costs over time. If you consider yourself a more aggressive driver (than average), try this year to cut down on the speed by 5 miles an hour, or give yourself extra time to get where you need to go if lateness is the cause of your speedy driving.

We at Quick Lane at Garnet Ford wish everyone a happy and safe 2015 and look forward to servicing all of your automotive needs this year and for years to come.