Purchasing a new car is a huge investment. When you start making payments on your new automobile, you probably realize that you want to make this car last as long as you possibly can.
To achieve this goal, there are several things that you can do. These include:
Drive with care:
It’s tempting to test the limits of a new car, but we implore you – treat your new ride gently. Some of the most common driving advice that you will find include:
- Don’t accelerate too quickly
- Follow posted speed limits
- Try not to let your car idle for extended periods of time
- Avoid potholes and other hazards that would be hard on your tires
- Don’t hold your steering wheel to the extreme left or right
In general, following driving ‘best practices’ is one of the best ways to make sure that your car will stay on the road for many years to come.
Be smart when you fill up:
It should go without saying that you need to fill up your car with only the type of fuel (regular, premium, diesel, etc) that is recommended by your car’s manufacturer. It’s also important to only purchase fuel from reputable service stations, where you are confident that the gasoline is high quality, and that fuel filters are changes regularly.
Some people avoid going to a gas station if they see a tanker filling up the underground gas stores due to the stirring of sediment. This is no longer a concern according to the Boston.com, because the ethanol added to gasoline reduces the sediment in the storage tanks.
Know how to deal with extreme weather:
Extreme cold and heat can cause a lot of wear and tear on a car. In our area, extreme heat isn’t too much of an issue, but we have very cold weather here in Massachusetts for several months of every year. Thankfully, there are always plenty of posts on the Boston Insurance Blog about how to keep your car in tip-top shape during the winter.
Find the right mechanic:
You need to make sure that you have a good partner for the optimal care of your automobile. When you find a trustworthy mechanic, make sure that they follow your car’s maintenance schedule as outlined by the manufacturer.
Also, it’s important that you take care of any issues right away, instead of letting things get worse or compound. Even if it seems insignificant, it’s worth getting a second opinion and asking your service provider if the problem should be taken care of right away, or if you can wait to take care of the issue.
Get the right auto insurance policy:
Unfortunately, no matter how well you take care of your automobiles, there is always the chance that something will go wrong. It is your job to make sure that your car is taken care of in these situations, so call 617-298-0655 to speak to a Vargas and Vargas Insurance representative. We will work with you to craft a Massachusetts car insurance policy that will protect your car, and ensure that you can get it back in shape if you have an issue.