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Expanding Your Car's Life

On the Road Car Life

cars.com On the Road Weekly Publication

11:54 AM EDT, June 7, 2011

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By Metro Creative Connection

Here are tips for making your car last longer from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Find a repair shop that suits your needs. Motorists often cite the difficulty in finding a reliable mechanic they feel they can trust.

A courteous staff that's willing to answer your questions is a good starting point, as is a shop that's displaying the ASE sign or logo, which indicates the shop employs certified technicians.
It's also a good idea to check what vehicles the mechanics are working on. If the vehicles in the parking lot are equal in value to your own, that's a good sign.

Do the small things to save fuel. Gas is among the highest expenses associated with owning a vehicle. Small things like ensuring tires are properly inflated, replacing misfiring spark plugs and even clearing the trunk of clutter can increase fuel efficiency.

Give your engine a break. Cars aren't all that different from the human body in that everything is directly or indirectly connected as a system.

A clogged air filter or fouled spark plug make combustion less efficient, which reduces power - and wastes fuel. Motorists can give their engine a break by replacing clogged filters, sticking to their vehicle maintenance schedule and routinely checking fluid levels.

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