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Sensible Steps to Help Keep Your Car Longer

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Sensible Steps to Help Keep Your Car Longer

More and more people are keeping their vehicles longer as the average age of a car on the road today is more than 11 years. Considering the cost of a new car is about $31,000 on average, deciding to keep your car rather than buying a new one makes financial sense, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council offers sensible steps to help motorists maintain their vehicles for safety, dependability and value.

Keep it Clean
Washing and waxing your vehicle on a regular basis protects it from the natural elements that may harm the finish.

A good cleaning of the inside and outside of the vehicle prevents the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, reduces the potential for rust from road salt and ensures proper visibility needed for safe driving.

Rely on Your Senses
When driving, always be alert and rely on your senses. While you may be familiar with noises that your vehicle makes on a daily basis, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem. Listen for sounds such as squealing, thumping, hissing and grinding - these are all signs that the vehicle may be trying to tell you something.

Unusual smells such as burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, rotten eggs, burning carpet or the sweet smell of syrup can be a sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle.

When you hear or smell something that doesn't seem right, do not ignore it. Instead bring your car to a professional service technician to get an informed opinion on the nature of the sound or odor.

Stay on Schedule
The key to a car running at its best is basic maintenance. Keeping up with fluid changes, tire checks, filter changes and other services will help avoid bigger and more expensive repairs. Over time, some car parts and components wear out or become damaged. Being aware of your car will help you address any issues before they become bigger problems.

In addition to following the maintenance schedule recommended in your owner's manual, the Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule to help you be proactive in caring for your car.

"Everyone loves a new car but sometimes the money is just not there to purchase one," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "If you treat your car as a valuable investment and commit to regular preventative auto care, not only will you end up saving money, but your car will keep on running for many miles down the road."

Source: Car Care Council

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    , 06/16/2020

    Thank you for fixing my truck, everything turned out perfect (replacing the oil switch on my Duramax). Excellent communication from the mechanic also. This is just a great place of business , I highly recommend these people.

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    Quick in and out oil change. I love the vacuum out service they do, especially in the winter when it's all salt. I've never gotten hassled/up-sold on products I don't need (air filter etc). They even sometimes send out emails with coupons! Both my wife and I go here.

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    Extremely friendly service and very inexpensive work preformed on my vehicle.

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    They do a through check of all the fluids and components on maintenance. Anytime they find something that needs replaced, they physically show you the issue so you know they are telling you the truth. They also show you the color of the oil before and after they change it so you know it was done correctly. Service at this location is worth every penny.

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    Ah ha! First oil change in my new car - the technician knew each step (which buttons to push) to reset the vehicle oil life. I was impressed.

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    Friendly and knowledgeable staff, always a great experience at LTM. Thanks guys!

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