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How To Increase The Lifespan Of Your Vehicle

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It’s pretty safe to assume drivers want to get the most life out of their cars, but all too often they don’t do what’s necessary to get their vehicle to last past 100,000 miles. April is recognized as National Car Care Month, and in an effort to provide people with the guidance they need to prolong the life of their ride, the Car Care Council recently offered some tips on how to boost a car’s safety, dependability and function.

Experts say checking the brakes on a regular basis is one of the most important things a car owner can do. They should be inspected at least once a year. The Car Care Council also recommends having the  linings, rotors and drums looked at during every oil change.

In addition to the brakes, experts say drivers should be cognizant of how their heating, ventilating and air conditions is working. Not only is this important for temperature control, but it is crucial to defrosting in the winter.

The exhaust system is another area that should not be overlooked, the Car Care Council says. In particular, be on the lookout for broken supports, odd noises or leaks. Above all else, the most important thing is to stick to a maintenance schedule.

“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “Following a routine maintenance program makes financial sense, extending useful vehicle life and helping avoid costly repairs down the road.”

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