With the possible exception of houses and other people, there are few relationships that will last as long in your life as you and your car. Like any important relationship it requires constant attention if it’s going to survive. Here are some things you don’t want to forget if you want your car to continue loving you for years to come.
Check For Recalls
While we often read about the worst product recalls in the news, it’s actually quite common for car manufacturers to find issues that need fixing long after a car has been released. Most of these issues aren’t dangerous but the sooner you get them fixed, the better it will be for your car.
Regular Oil Changes
This one may be a little obvious, but by regular we mean regular. You know how much you drive on a regular basis. Make a note on your calendar or in your phone for a week before you’re going to hit 3000 miles. When it goes off, get the car in.
Clean the Interior
When you do take the time to get your car washed you probably only get the outside done. That’s fine for the people who are looking at you, but you can’t even see the outside your windows when in the driver’s seat. If you’ve got the cash to spend take it to a professional car wash location where they’ll clean the inside and outside. If you want to save cash, you’ve got a vacuum, right?
Check Your Tire Pressure
Do your part to keep your car’s mileage up by keeping your tires filled to their maximum level. Even if you have a car that tells you when pressure is low, that doesn’t mean that your tire pressure is at it’s best right now — check it anyway.
Replace Your Windshield Wipers
Although sometimes it may feel like it doesn’t rain here anymore, you should still replace your wipers now. You don’t want to realize it needs to be done on a rainy day and suddenly you can’t see the road in front of you.
Top Off the Fluids
Another obvious one that you know you haven’t checked in months. They’re probably fine, unless they’re not. In which case you’ll be very glad you did this.
Add Seat Covers
Seat covers can change the look of your car overnight and is cheaper than painting your car. In addition to adding your own style to your vehicle, you can reduce the wear and tear on your car’s fabric by covering the seats.
Replace Your Old Stereo
If your car is newer you may have a Bluetooth connection that allows you to stream your mobile device through your car speakers. If your car doesn’t have this ability, try to have that fixed so you can listen to all the music you carry on your phone and make your car a functional hands-free device.
Listen to Your Car
Nobody knows how your car is supposed to sound better than you, even if you don’t realize it. The key is to pay attention so that when it starts to sound different, you know it as soon as possible.
Drive it Someplace Fun
They say it’s about the journey, not the destination. That may be true but it would be nice if the destination was a place worth driving to. Disneyland sounds good to me.