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Unless you’re a very wealthy person, chances are that once you purchase a car, you’re going to hold on to it for a really long time, possibly even decades. Hence in order to ensure that you don’t run repair and maintenance bills that are as expensive as a brand new car over the years, you’re going to want to keep your old one in top condition.

So here are a few helpful tips that will allow you to keep your car running smoothly for as long as possible:

Keep the Movement Smooth

There’s nothing worse than the feel of rigid and friction-filled movement to remind you that you’re driving an older car. So in order to prevent this from happening, you’re going to want to be proactive about getting your timing belt or chain replaced before it wears out. As a general rule of thumb you want to change your belt every 80,000 miles or so while chains usually hold on for much longer. If you’re not used to performing maintenance on your car, it’s best if you hire a good mechanic for the job. Even if the latter option costs you significantly more, it might very well be cost-efficient in the long run when you don’t have to tend to it again due to poor installation.

Keep the Engine Cool

Your engine tends to work up a sweat every time you go out for a drive so you can help reduce the stress on it by having a cooling system installed. In addition, keep an eye on the antifreeze level and fill it up whenever necessary.  By doing this you’ll ensure that your engine doesn’t suffer damage due to overheating.

Have It Inspected Once In A While

We recommend that you give your car a routine check-up at least twice a year. This will make sure that you identify any problems at the initial stages before it worsens to critical levels. If you don’t know how to perform a thorough inspection, we highly recommend that you get an expert to do it. Again, while it might cost you more, you can rest easy knowing that the chances of you having to put up with a sudden expensive repair bill are really low.

Keep It Looking New

There’s no reason an old car has to look old. Keep your car always looking new by cleaning and polishing it regularly. Be proactive about it by stocking up on the necessary car polishing products and cleaning supplies.

Pay Attention to Your Tyres

One of the best ways to keep on top of your car’s health is to pay strict attention to the condition of your tyres. You should make a habit out of regularly checking for signs of deflation and misalignment. This way you can prevent a sudden tyre blowout while out on the road which can either leaving you stranded or potentially placing your life in danger.

Once you get into the habit of following these ‘health tips’, you’ll find that your old car runs just as well as a new one. You won’t feel the pains of having an ‘old’ car when it feels new.

Mark Boon