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Fourteen Tips to Keep You Car Running (Part 8)

Businessman Offering A Car Key With Thumbs-upHere are the final tips from your dealer of Buick Cars in Ontario.

13) Do Not Go For the Heated Garage

Carports and Garages are fantastic inventions. No one wants to spend twenty minutes every winter morning freezing while scraping the ice off of the window. A garage will allow you to escape that annoying hassle in the morning. This will also help your car to avoid the decline of your exterior and interior.

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However, there’s a big exception to this rule: heated garages. Our advice is to skip the heated garage, which can accelerate your car’s march towards its grave. Here’s why: Heat accelerates oxidation, also known as rust. You drive in the garage with snow and ice on your car, it melts, and the water and salt mix in that nice, warm petri dish and, come morning, there’s less of your car there.

14. Be Proud!

Owning an older car should be a source of pride. You’re showing that you’re sensible, not swayed by the latest models and capable of keeping your car well maintained. Who knows? That sort of no-frills common sense can be very appealing to members of the opposite sex. It might even land you a date! After all, who wants somebody who’s always got his eye on a new model?

Even if it doesn’t score you the babe or hunk of your dreams, owning an older car can offer you something else: a truly liberating experience. You no longer care about scratches, dents or bird droppings.

So that’s it! We really hope that this blog series has inspired you to take some pride in your car, no matter how old it is! New cars are always fun, but they aren’t always practical. Make good choices concerning the life of your four-wheeled friend.

 

Fourteen Tips to Keep You Car Running (Part 7)

Winter TireHere are the next tips from your dealer of GMC Trucks near Thunder Bay, Cananda.

11) Talk About Plans For Your Car With Your Mechanic

Some do not need a vehicle to last for 150,000+. Because of this not all mechanics will have a long lasting plan when they perform regular maintenance. If you as an owner tell your mechanic that you plan to keep your car for years he will spend more trying to make sure to see the symptoms before they get worse.

It will not hurt to remind your mechanic regularly that you are hoping for a long well running life for your car. Like anyone else mechanics can be forgetful when doing there jobs. They can focus on the main problem instead of checking for signs of future problems with your machine. Hopefully catching the problems while they are still small and inexpensive.

12) If Your Car Has Salt on it Wash it.

We understand that you spend most of the winter months in snow, salt and grime. Because of this unlike many you are familiar with the devastation that road salt can take. When these months hit most will not wash their car’s thinking to themselves that it is a waste of time. they couldn’t be more wrong.

Salt will quicken the appearance of rust on even the newest of models. But it is not enough to just wash the outside of the car. Our advice is easy; during the salt months wash the underside of your car as many times as you can. By doing this most of the salt will be removed from your car taking with it any damage it might cause.

 

Fourteen Tips to Keep You Car Running (Part 6)

Hand with wrench. Auto mechanic in car repair .Here are the next tips from your dealer of Buick Cars near Thunder Bay, Ontario.

9) Do Not Wait too Long to Get Your Problems Checked

This should be like saying do not let a cold turn into pneumonia. If your car develops a small problem not getting it checked as soon as it happens can let it turn into a much more expensive problem.

An easy example is a torn CV boot; this is a common problem but a simple repair. Although if you delay on getting it fixed you will eventually wind up on the side of the road, not able to drive and paying more than you should have to for a tow and new axle. This is just a single example. There are several other issues that will start small and then balloon into much larger problems is they aren’t addressed quickly

 

Above anything else make sure that your car is safe to drive. If you doubt anything as small as your tie rods, airbag, seat belts, brake lines, ball joints, brakes, or simply the structural strength of your car, get it checked soon.

Even though you want your car to last a long time, you still want to outlive your car.

10) Get a Mechanic You Trust

Get a mechanic you trust innately. Think of owning your car as being in a partnership with your mechanic. Or you could think of it as a partnership between your bank account, the bank holding your car’s loan and your mechanics paycheck. Since your mechanic will tell you the price and do the fixing you need to trust him. Having a trusting relationship with your mechanic give you the ability to make financially responsible decisions while understanding that you can trust what you’re being told.