Keeping up with the maintenance on your vehicle is important. To be fair, there comes a time when every car (no matter how well you’ve taken care of it) officially dies on you. It may be due to a bad accident that results in serious damage to the physical structure of the vehicle. Or, you may just have a repair need arise that would far outstrip the value of the actual car. In these kinds of scenarios, you’ll need to sell your junk car ASAP rather than sinking any more cash or time into it.

However, there are a lot of things you can do to delay the day when you eventually have to consign your vehicle to junk car status. If you’ve got a car that’s many years old and has quite a few miles on it, there’s still a good chance that you can get some more life out of it before it’s completely done for. There are all sorts of things to consider when trying to keep up with vehicle maintenance; but, we’ve put together this list of the top 3 ways that you can keep your car running longer to help you prioritize the most important things. Read on to learn more.

1) Change your vehicle’s oil

Everyone knows that they need to change their oil, right? Well, that may be true; but, the reality is that a lot of people neglect to perform this all-important component of routine maintenance on a regular, scheduled basis. Some people will see the date or mileage on their car windshield sticker approach and pass, and continue driving their vehicle without changing the oil. Don’t be one of those people.

The bottom line is that an older car engine running on old, dirty oil (or, even worse, low oil in the case of a slow leak) is bound to suffer damage at some point. You should aim to change your car’s oil once every 3,000 miles, or approximately every three months. You can check your car’s documentation to see what kind of oil the manufacturer recommends; however, synthetic blend oil is generally good for older cars.

2) Monitor fluid levels

Your car’s oil isn’t the only fluid keeping it running smoothly and prolonging its life. In fact, there are a number of other fluids under the hood that have to be monitored, topped off, and changed periodically, just like your oil.

When you change your oil, you’ll want to check the levels of other fluids, too. Be sure to take a look at your power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant levels each and every time you change your oil. Low levels of fluid in any of these systems can cause serious damage to your car. Check your vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations to find out how often these fluids should be changed. While it will be far less frequently than your oil, you’ll also need to flush the system out when you change the fluid: for example, you’ll flush the transmission system before filling it up again.

3) Drive your car carefully

This may sound surprising, but the way that you drive your car can have a big impact on its mechanical lifespan. We consider cautious, gentle driving to be a form of preventive maintenance. Don’t put the pedal to the floor and peel out from every stop, or hit your brakes at the last second and screech to a halt. If you drive your car carefully, it’ll wear out much slower.

While these tips can help extend the life of your vehicle, some cars are simply beyond repair. If you’ve got an old, broken down vehicle that can’t be fixed, consider selling your junk car to Junk Car Traders. We pay cash for junk cars all around the country, and your vehicle may be worth more than you think. Visit for a free quote.

Many of you might feel daunted by the idea of opening your bonnet. The engine is a complex place and it can freak out beginners! Unfortunately, this attitude is going to cost you a lot of time and money in the future. Car maintenance is an essential part of your job as a driver. It will keep your vehicle healthy and make sure it lasts longer. You’ll make less trips to the garage and fork over less money to the mechanics!

More importantly, you’ll take the strain off the engine and save you from breaking down. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself stranded at the side of the motorway.


It so easily avoided with a couple of simple tricks. In this post, we’ll help you conquer those engine fears and get stuck in. Let’s get messy!

Check your fluids every fortnight. – When you lift the bonnet, you’ll find the engine surrounded by multiple fluid tanks. Your first task is to learn them all. You’ve got the oil tank, the coolant, brake fluid, windscreen washer and power-steering fluid. The most important checks are the oil and coolant. If there’s a leak here your engine will overheat and your parts will grind to a halt. Use the dipstick to ensure they’re at the right level.

Change the oil every 3,000 miles – Oil is the lubricant that keeps all the moving parts sliding over each other. When it turns sour, your parts will grind against each other and wear down. It will cause your engine to work harder and eventually give out. Healthy oil is brown in colour. Change it completely every 3,000 miles, or earlier if it turns black. Trust us, this will help keep your car in showroom condition.

Check your tyres – Your tyres shoulder the biggest burden of damage on your car. Measure the tread depth every couple of weeks and make sure it’s deeper than 2mm. Next, check the tyre pressure. If it’s too low, you’re putting extra strain on the engine and wearing it down. Too high and you’ll be driving dangerously. Use the figure dictated in the car’s manual and keep it at the suggested level.

Replace the air filters – In order to burn fuel, your engine combines petrol (or diesel) and oxygen from the air. When the air filters are full of dust, the engine gets less air than it needs. That means it has to work harder to move. Check them every few weeks and replace when they get too thick with dirt.

Regular servicing – Sometimes, no amount of self-maintenance can keep the bigger problems at bay. Issues in the suspension, clutch and electrics are difficult to spot. Most cars now come with a servicing warranty, so take advantage and take it in for a health check. The folks at Lifestyle Dacia offer a five year warranty with servicing, but many forget to use it! It’s no effort at all to book a yearly service, so put it in your diary.

Hiding from the problems under your bonnet will only lead to danger later in life. Get the wrench out and get stuck into some self-maintenance!

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