There’s nothing quite like that new car smell. Rolling off the car lot with a cherry new ride is one of life’s purest pleasures, although showing it off to your friends and coworkers is a close second. And if you’re like most drivers, you’ll make it your mission to baby that ride for as long as possible, parking it far out in parking lots and disallowing snacks and drinks.

 

But no matter how careful you are, a car starts to age from the moment you drive off the lot. And with car prices at an all-time high, you want to do everything you can to keep your ride in good shape for as long as possible.

 

In this post from Suburban Auto Body in Minnesota, we’re sharing tips you can use to extend the lifespan of your ride. Here’s what you need to know.

1.   Check your owner’s manual.

How many car drivers truly take a good look at their owner’s manual? Unless you’re an automobile aficionado or a mechanic, chances are good your manual will remain in your glove box or console until you absolutely need it.

 

But it can be worthwhile to take the time and flip through your owner’s manual for information about maintenance recommendations. Be sure to save this information somewhere handy and plan to conduct maintenance on or ahead of schedule.

2.   Don’t ignore signs of trouble.

We’ve all driven a car at some point that made an unusual sound but drove just fine. And who among us hasn’t ignored their engine light when it came on if nothing else seemed amiss, promising ourselves we’ll check it out later and then never doing it? It’s easy to put off taking your car in for repairs when it seems to be fine, especially if you’re on a budget crunch.

 

But serious engine problems don’t happen without fair warning, and that warning often comes in minor signs. By connecting with a mechanic as soon as you detect a problem, you can save yourself a load of trouble (and repair costs) down the road.

3.   Drive defensively.

Defensive driving is one of the most important things you can do as a car owner and good citizen. Simply avoiding following other cars too closely and abstaining from aggressive driving can mean the difference between a lovely fall commute and a serious auto body accident. And when you’re involved in a bad wreck, shelling out for car crash repair may be the least of your worries.

Schedule Your Auto Body and Collision Repair Services

Even if you do everything you can to protect your ride from the effects of time and other drivers, accidents can happen, and so can door dings and hail damage. For car crash repair you can trust, give us a call at Suburban Auto Body Repair. To set up your Suburban EZ services, give us a call at 651-633-8900. Or you can connect with us online to get your free quote on car accident repair. We look forward to getting you back behind the wheel.