Cars depreciate fast; a car actually goes down in value right when you drive it off the dealer’s lot. So what can you do to make sure your car keeps running long and strong?

Maintaining your vehicle with care is one way to maximize it’s lifespan. Maintenance is taking care of everything from oil changes and tire rotation to cleaning the interior. Some items are simple to accomplish yourself, however some should be left to either a mechanic or yes, the dealer.

So how do you figure out what to take of yourself and when to bring it to the dealer? Well the easiest way to break this down is ask yourself two questions. First, are you good with cars? If you answer yes then there are many items you can and should take care of yourself, from oil and filter changes to exterior maintenance. It’s possible to save a lot of money by taking care of these items yourself.

If you have a new car warranty then any and all items that are covered under the warranty should be taken care of by the dealer. Many automakers will allow for factory authorized mechanics to perform the warranty items. Check your warranty documents to be sure. If something is covered by the warranty its best to let the dealer take care of it.

Following the scheduled maintenance as written in the car owners manual is also quite crucial. Keeping up with these items and keeping track of when they were performed is a valuable record that documents the care you have given your car. It is easy to say you took care of x, y or z at the recommended intervals but difficult to verify. If you keep proper records it’s easy to see when the maintenance was carried out.

It is not hard to maintain the physical exterior of your car. If you would rather have someone do this for you there are many detailers that will come to your home or office and keep your car looking as good as new. If you care to tackle this yourself there are many great products to help you maintain your vehicles appearance. Just make sure you follow label directions and you can even make a record of this.

We all know that a new car will loose value. How much and how quickly it does so has a lot to do with how well you take care of your new cars’ maintenance. Keep it clean, keep it running properly and keep it a long time and you can keep your car running for a long time.

Written by Jacqueline Star: Virginia Beach used cars, Palm Springs Used Cars