Just like people who need to go to see their doctors for regular check ups, the same thing goes for cars that require basic routine care.

However, many car owners think that just because their vehicle is new, they don’t need to bring it for its regular tune up yet.  That mentality is wrong.

You paid a lot of money for your car and you want to get your money’s worth by keeping it in good running condition for as long as you can.  But just like any kind of property, you have to take care of it because it is not immune to harsh environmental elements.  Whether you own a brand new luxury car or a second-hand one, the secret to its longevity is maintenance.

Here are some essential tips on how to take care of your car:

Regular oil change

Regularly check fluids. Nothing will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh oil changes.  Oil is the lifeblood that keeps key engine components in good working condition by reducing friction and wear.

Change your oil about every three months, or check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended oil change intervals. It’s also important to invest in good quality fluids that goes with the type of vehicle you have.

Check brakes

Listen to your car. Observe if there are any high-pitched squeals or harsh grinding sounds. It’s important to be mindful of these things because something might be wrong, especially with the most vital function of your car: its ability to stop. Have your brakes checked annually and especially if there are delayed responses when pushing your brake pedal.

Maintain tire pressure

Having the right amount of pressure in your tires can prevent poor mileage, blowouts or uneven wear. Because a change in temperature can dramatically impact tire pressure, it is essential to check tire pressure with extreme weather changes, or to be on the safe side, every couple months..

Choose a good air freshener

You must breathe clean and fresh air in your car. In choosing an air freshener, avoid those that are oil-based as it later on clogs your air filters which prevents airborne contaminants from being pulled into your car’s engine.

Consider safety features

Familiarize yourself with you car’s safety features

Things like tail and brake lights, seat belts, airbags, and anti-lock brakes are just some of the most important features that you need to familiarize with and regularly check in your car. Safety features should be the first thing in consideration and should not be overlooked as this carries you and your family’s lives.

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