Expanding Your Car's Life

cars.com On the Road Weekly Publication

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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