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Just Like New: Easy and Cheap Ways to Improve Your Family Car's Performance

When you take home a new car, you expect it to meet your family’s transportation needs for years to come. It likely delivered impressive performance initially, but wear and tear has now taken a toll. You may increasingly be dismayed at your family car’s performance. While you may be thinking about replacing your car with a new model because of this experience, another idea is to follow a few easy steps to improve your vehicle to your satisfaction. 

Improve the Suspension 
Suspension service is beneficial for all vehicles from time to time, and it is a smart way to improve on-the-road performance. If you are thinking about scheduling a 4WD suspension service, be aware that this gives you the opportunity to increase your car’s ground clearance with a lift or otherwise to lower the ground clearance. Both of these factors can directly impact how you use your vehicle. 

Invest in New Tires 
You may be one of many drivers who assume that all vehicle tires are more or less the same, but this is not the case. Touring, all-season and all-terrain tires are only a few of the many general types available. For each general type, there are many variations between brands and models. Installing new tires can change the performance and handling of your family car dramatically. 

Schedule Transmission Service 
If your family car has not received transmission service recently, now may be the right time to make an appointment. The transmission is responsible for converting energy from the engine into power that the car can use for mobility. This component is designed to function well without service for many miles, but it will eventually begin to show signs of wear. Transmission service can restore this aspect of your car’s performance to like-new condition. 

Focus on Fuel Quality 
Some vehicles specifically are designed to use regular unleaded fuel, premium gas or some other type of fuel. If you are not filling your car up with the fuel that the engine was designed for, your vehicle’s performance may suffer. Some vehicles are designed to use regular unleaded fuel, but you can opt to add premium gas for enhanced performance. Before you fill up your car, ensure that you know what types of fuel are acceptable. 

The performance and condition of your family car can impact how you use the vehicle, how comfortable you are on the road and even the car's longevity. Analyze your car's condition, and determine how some or all of these tips may be used to improve your car's performance.

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