How to Make Your Car Last Longer

How to keep your car in good condition

With the price of new cars today - for that matter, the price of used ones - it just makes sense to keep the car you have in good condition as long as possible. Take it from someone who doesn't own a car with less than 120,000 miles on it, it takes some work. But for the most part, if you take care of the basics, your car will take care of you. If your car is in bad condition, there are many car rental services where you can budget rent a car in dubai.

The most important thing you can do is read through the manual that came with your car.

No, you don't have to learn everything, but it helps to know the basic service schedule, as well as your vehicle's specifications and capacities.

The biggest piece of routine maintenance on any car is regular oil changes.  For example, you normally can go longer between oil changes if most of your driving is on the highway, since the constant stop-and-start of in-town travel is tougher on oil and on your engine than steady speeds. You also will need to change the oil more often if you live somewhere particularly dusty or drive on dirt roads frequently.

Fortunately, oil changes are relatively painless, thanks to the proliferation of quick-change businesses. Go on a weekday and you can be in and out in half an hour. If you're cheap, there also are plenty of car repair shops where you can get everything you need to do it yourself, and once you've accomplished the task once or twice, it becomes like second nature.

The trick: Make sure you get the right oil for your vehicle (it will be listed in the owner's manual), the right oil filter (auto parts stores come equipped with both do-it-yourself guides to filters as well as often-friendly help at the service counter) and the right socket or wrench to open the oil drain plug.

An oil-filter wrench that fits your filter is a good idea, too, especially if you're doing the job for the first time, and so is a specially designed drain pan you can use to catch and recycle the used oil.

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