How you maintain your vehicle not only affects its resale value, but also how efficiently it performs. Nowadays, vehicles can last 200,000 miles if they undergo proper maintenance on schedule.
Clean and Shine Regularly — Wash your car inside and out on a regular basis to prevent the elements from damaging your paint finish. Depending on the season, you may need to wash every week or two, and you should do a full detail four times a year.
Log Your Vehicle Maintenance — Keep all your vehicle maintenance records. Having them available to prospective buyers increases your chance of getting a good price. It’s also a good way to stay on top of the tasks that need to be done to keep it running smoothly and efficiently. Here are a few apps to help you keep track.
Ease Up on the Accelerator — Take it easy on the road. Driving aggressively, especially when your car is new, shortens its life and costs you more money at the fuel pump. Instead of driving like you’re at the wheel of a race car, try to anticipate the traffic flow so you can gently slow down or speed up as necessary.
Watch Out for Trouble — Along with adhering to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, check your vehicle for signs of trouble that may be related to climate, driving habits or faulty parts. Listen for odd noises, check under the hood regularly and pay attention to warning lights. A check engine light could signal trouble that could impacts fuel efficiency by up to 40 percent.