Every week, we sell dozens of used cars in Smiths Falls to customers with the expectation that those used cars will be durable enough to last for many years to come. After all, before we ever put a used car on the lot, we make sure that our experienced technicians have completely inspected the used car to ensure that it is in the best possible condition.
However, there are a few tips that we’d like to encourage our customers to become familiar with in order to ensure that they maintain their used cars in Smiths Falls as well as possible. While we can prevent and address many of the most common issues that arise with used cars, it’s always best for the life of the car if our customers are able to maintain them as well as possible on their own.
Here are a few tips that we suggest our customers follow when caring for their used cars in Ottawa:
Be a “good” driver
The definition of a good driver varies from person to person, but most of our customers would agree that a good driver is courteous to others on te road and maintains a fairly even highway speed to avoid antagonizing other drivers. When you start and slow your engine a lot – either on the highway or in city driving, you’re adding stress to the engine, transmission, and differential. You can also do some damage of the brake pedal that will decrease its life expectancy. We recommend using cruise control as often as possible and accelerating or decelerating at an even speed as much as possible.
Forget things tend to fade away
While this adage may be good for some things in life, it’s not so good for car components. If you spend an entire summer without turning on your heater, chances are good that you may have a couple of issues with your heater when winter comes. While we certainly don’t recommend blasting your heater all summer, we do recommend turning it on once or twice during the season – just to give it a primer. The same thing goes for your air conditioning, four wheel drive systems, parking brakes, and all other parts of your car. Use them to avoid losing them!
This is especially helpful during cold weather driving – start your engine slowly to help it warm up before you take off down the road. You need to make sure the oil pumps through the entire engine before taking it off for a drive in order to improve its life and effectiveness.
Contact Mike Fair Chevrolet, you Chevrolet Dealer in Smiths Falls today for more information about how you can keep your used car running better longer!