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According to data from IHS Automotive, the average age of vehicles on the road in the U.S. has reached an all-time high of 11 1/2 years. Nearly one out of every four vehicles in the U.S. was manufactured before the year 2000. This means that drivers are holding on to their vehicles longer than ever. Big improvements in powertrain technology and other mechanical components have allowed cars to make game changing improvements in durability and reliability. To get the most out of your car and make the best use of it, you have to care for and maintain it effectively. Here are some ways you can do so.

Follow the Maintenance Schedule

There's a maintenance schedule in the owner's manual for your vehicle. This manual spells out when to address every service for the life of your car, including routine oil changes, tire rotations, and filter changes. Follow this schedule faithfully because routine maintenance helps prevent premature wear or damage which could lead to larger problems and breakdowns.

Take Care of Your Tires

Taking care of your tires is important not just for the life and operation of your car but your own safety. Every year people are injured and killed in tire-related accidents. Keeping your tires in top condition is good for the fuel economy of your vehicle. Some companies, like Evan’s Tire & Service Centers, know that every month you should check your tires for the correct pressure, while you check for regular wear and cracks. Get your tires rotated routinely and buy new ones when you need to.

Keep Your Car Clean

Cleaning your car inside and out will not only keep up its appearance but it will also preserve the paint while preventing rust as well as wear and tear both inside and out. Cleaning your car may also allow you to spot small issues that might not otherwise notice. This includes scratches and loose or broken parts that need to be repaired or replaced.

Don't Skimp On Parts and Service

Trying to save a few bucks by using cheap parts and fluids can be costly in the long run. Do what is best for your car specifically, and avoid making mistakes that could cause damage diminish long-term reliability, need expensive repairs, or void your warranty.

Your car can do a lot for you if you treat it well. Take good car of your car with proper routine maintenance and preventative measures. The more responsibility you invest in your car, the more reliable it will be for you in the long run.

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