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Sensible Steps to Help Keep Your Car Longer

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Sensible Steps to Help Keep Your Car Longer

More and more people are keeping their vehicles longer as the average age of a car on the road today is more than 11 years. Considering the cost of a new car is about $31,000 on average, deciding to keep your car rather than buying a new one makes financial sense, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council offers sensible steps to help motorists maintain their vehicles for safety, dependability and value.

Keep it Clean
Washing and waxing your vehicle on a regular basis protects it from the natural elements that may harm the finish.

A good cleaning of the inside and outside of the vehicle prevents the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, reduces the potential for rust from road salt and ensures proper visibility needed for safe driving.

Rely on Your Senses
When driving, always be alert and rely on your senses. While you may be familiar with noises that your vehicle makes on a daily basis, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem. Listen for sounds such as squealing, thumping, hissing and grinding - these are all signs that the vehicle may be trying to tell you something.

Unusual smells such as burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, rotten eggs, burning carpet or the sweet smell of syrup can be a sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle.

When you hear or smell something that doesn't seem right, do not ignore it. Instead bring your car to a professional service technician to get an informed opinion on the nature of the sound or odor.

Stay on Schedule
The key to a car running at its best is basic maintenance. Keeping up with fluid changes, tire checks, filter changes and other services will help avoid bigger and more expensive repairs. Over time, some car parts and components wear out or become damaged. Being aware of your car will help you address any issues before they become bigger problems.

In addition to following the maintenance schedule recommended in your owner's manual, the Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule to help you be proactive in caring for your car.

"Everyone loves a new car but sometimes the money is just not there to purchase one," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "If you treat your car as a valuable investment and commit to regular preventative auto care, not only will you end up saving money, but your car will keep on running for many miles down the road."

Source: Car Care Council

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    These guys went the extra mile aligning my heavily modified truck, ensuring it was done right. If you're looking for a shop that's cares about it customers, this is it!

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    These guys know their stuff. Very professional, honest, and fair. Their pricing is very reasonable. I highly recommend them for your off-road needs.

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    They were very courteous and knowledgeable. They even helped me out with a transfer case magnet that I had misplaced from my original housing. This was the only piece I was missing from putting my transfer case back together and Trail Boss was kind enough to provide one for me! Now I'm back on the road! Thanks guys!

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    Installed a lift kit over the weened myself and had to get a 4x4 alignment. Not only were the guys at Trail Boss Off Road able to squeeze me in that Monday morning but got my Jeep done earlier than they said and was under the estimate quoted also. Great service and knowledge of all things off road. Thanks Jeremy, you have gained a customer for anything my Jeep needs.

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    They did such an excellent job I couldn't have been more happier. I went back a second time to get more work done and not only did they again do a great job but fixed all the screw ups the place I had originally got work done did. If you want great, honest quality work done with great customer service this is the place for you. My hats off to you guys.

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