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2Sep. 2016

How To Love Your Car - Car Maintenance Tips

Everyone is busy.  I get it.  We are all going in a million directions.  We take care of so much - our families, ourselves, our friends.  We all need to make a living and earn money to help us take care of things and people, so it would stand to reason that the one thing we shouldn't neglect to care for is our vehicle.  After all, our vehicles are responsible for getting us to our jobs that we do to earn the money to care for things! If you are routinely checking your car and the way that it operates you are more prone to finding a problem before it turns into a disaster!  Sometimes something as simple as a routine oil change can help prevent you from needing to replace your car engine.  Below are just a few things that every car owner should do to help get the best and most from their car. Follow these car maintenance tips to keep your car running better, longer.

Check the air pressure in or tires regularly, preferably when the tires are warm.  By keeping the right amount of pressure in your tires you will improve your MPG or miles per gallon.  Also having your tires rotated on a regular basis helps.

Get the oil changed every 3,ooo-5,000 miles, or as instructed in your owners manual.  Checking the oil regularly will help you to find a leak if there is one.

Check your windshield wipers for wear after every season.  Between torrential downpours in the summer, snow and ice in the fall and winter and excessive cleaning due to salt and sand spray in the spring, our wipers do quite a job.  Checking and replacing your wipers can help with visibility and potentially causing damage to your windshield.  You certainly don't want to find out that your wipers are dull or broken while driving in a snow storm.

Change your brake pads.  When you start to hear that little squeal it may be time to bring your car in to have the brake pads replaced.  Changing your brake pads is a relatively inexpensive repair, the problem is a lot of people wait until the brakes are vibrating when slowing down and stopping and they need all new rotors (not as inexpensive).  Listen to car!

Find a TRUSTED mechanic!  It is a great help to have someone to look at and service your car that you know has your best interest and safety in mind.

Always have your car checked before a big road trip!  Bring your car into your mechanic to have fluids topped off and oil checked.  When you are traveling, the last thing you want is something to go wrong that could have been prevented before you left.  It is peace of mind, pure and simple.

If something has happened with your vehicle and you need help understanding your policy and what is covered, don't hesitate to call our office and go over your Massachusetts Auto Policy.  We are here to help you and we want you to get the very best out of your car!


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