The Kelly Blue Book was first published in 1926 and has since become the standard in determining the value of a vehicle. These folks not only know cars, but also how to get the greatest value and mileage for the buck out of your vehicle. Want your current car to go the distance and put 200,000 plus miles to the test? The folks at Kelly Blue Book have some car maintenance words of advice, from getting regular car repair service from your dealership to routine wax jobs and parking in the shade. Let’s go over a few of the basics that will help you get the most out of your vehicle.
Regular Oil Changes
Sounds like a basic, but it’s also the most important car maintenance job when it comes to getting the best value out of your vehicle. “No single step will help an engine last more than regular oil and filter changes will,” the folks at Kelly Blue Book confide. “Conversely, nothing will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil-level checks or fresh-oil changes.”
Flush and Change the Coolant Annually
Most people don’t think about the coolant until its running on empty. The Kelly Bluebook folks recommend flushing and changing the coolant like it’s an annual tradition, right up there with trimming the tree and hunting for Easter eggs. They recommend a 50/50 mix of coolant and water. The best way is to fill a container half way with the coolant, then top off with water, and mark the container as mixed. It’s a good idea to store the container in the trunk for roadside emergencies. This will save you some very expensive Cincinnati car service bills later on down the line.
Wash it Regularly
It’s more than just about looking good. Washing your car can protect the paint job, but there’s more to it than that. Don’t forget about underneath the car where winter salt and grime can accumulate. Pretty much anything you’ve run over, from road kill to cow patties, is probably stuck to the bottom of your vehicle. You should also apply a good coat of wax to protect the paint job, ideally every six months.
Keep It Shady
Parking in the shade and using a window reflector screen does wonders for protecting the interior plastic of your vehicle. You can also apply a UV protectant to keep the plastic and vinyl from drying and cracking.
Replace Brake Fluid
As Kelly Blue Book points out, “Brake fluid is cheap. Calipers, hoses, and sensors are expensive.” Want to cut down on the expense of your car repair? Make sure you change your brake fluid regularly. Brake fluid attracts moisture, which causes the components of your brake system to break down over time.