MAKE YOUR CAR LAST

TAKE CARE OF YOUR CAR

It is quite likely that you live in a place where you need a car, even a car for each family/house member, or almost. If you are lucky enough to be able to walk, cycle or use public transport GREAT! But if you rely on your car, you know the cost is fairly steep and it is a recurring expense that will follow you for life, probably. So why not try to lower costs and get the maximum performance?

Poor little thing, will you do a better job at taking care of your car?

Remember: Each of us have different needs and specific preferences.

Here I give you some tips to lower spending on the purchase of a car:

-Do not buy a new car, it is just not worth the cost. Its value drops 10% when you drive it out of the dealer and up to 60% by the fifth year. There are many quality vehicles and in great condition just 2-4 years old, you will save at least 20% and the vehicle is still fairly new.

-If you can, buy the car in cash and avoid financing, you just are giving out money to the dealer and “0% interest” does not really exist. Hold on a little more to your old car, save up and buy directly. THAT’S DOUBLE DIP SAVINGS!

-Do not lease, the dealer will own you, you cannot make any changes and the car will not be yours ever. The average monthly payment in the US was $400 in 2015. It is a very expensive rent! Basically, it is like paying a mortgage forever.

-Think well what features you need in the car and what kind of driving/use you will do with the car. Probably, you do not need that much space, or engine; how about all those electronic “toys”? If you only buy what you need you will be able to lower the final price fairly.

Many bochos (old Volkswagen Beetle) in Mexico are more than 50 years old and still run.

Many bochos (old Volkswagen Beetle) in Mexico are more than 50 years old and still run.

More ideas to make your car last:

-Take good care of the car, do not accelerate abruptly if it is still cold, drive according to the conditions of the road and traffic. An SUV is not a sports car, right? Drive appropriately for the type of vehicle you own and handle it softly, do not make it go through hell every time you hop in, your car will appreciate it.

-Do not skip the oil and air filter changes when indicated by the manufacturer. Keep the tires properly inflated, if you fall short you will end up spending more fuel and it will be more difficult to maneuver, and if you go over the wheels will become basketballs and will not absorb road irregularities.

-Keep it clean and covered, whenever possible, summers can be very hard and winters very harsh, besides, moisture does not do any good to the vehicle. Try to care for it properly.

Remember: Each of us have different needs and specific preferences.

Do you have any other tips to make the car last? SHARE WITH US, PLEASE