How to Maintain a New Car

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Decide how long a car needs to last when determining how to maintain it. Keep a new car in top shape with the car maintenance tips in this free video on automotive repair from a professional auto mechanic.

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Hi I'm Dave Erb from Dave's Ultimate Automotive in Austin Texas and I'm here to talk to you about how to maintain a new car. I would first say that to maintain a new car you really need to decide what the end results of your new car is, in other words what do you want out of your new car, how long are you going to keep your new car, if it's a purchase where you buy a new car every three years and then that would be maintaining, you would maintain a car differently that way then if you were going to try to keep it for a hundred and fifty or two hundred thousand miles. Now considering that a new car, if you buy a new car and you go through what normally is the five year payment period and you keep it for say an extra three years, if you maintain the car properly, given the way cars are built today, you can save twenty or thirty thousand over the long haul by maintaining it properly. Manufacturers of cars only want to sell you a new car. Because they only want to get you to the end of your warranty for a period and get you into a new car. So they recommend very little maintenance because they use that as a selling tool. They say this car is low maintenance, you should buy it. But if you actually take your car to the dealership, they would recommending a lot more maintenance, especially at the thirty thousand mile interval, sixty thousand mile, ninety thousand interval. So you need to decide what you want out of your car to, before you decide what kind of maintenance plan you are going to be on. And when you first get your car, it's a new car it's not going to need a whole lot, but you are going to have your three or five thousand mile oil changes, your periodic tire rotations, checking your air filter those kinds of things. They'll be commonly associated with any car at those intervals. Your first major intervals are going to start happening in the fifteen, twenty more in the thirty thousand mile range as far as that's concerned. That's when you need to decide what the future of that car holds. Because most manufacturers like I said are not going to recommend a lot of maintenance. If you want to keep it to a hundred and fifty, two hundred thousand miles they are very well engineered these days. They had to be to stay competitive within the market. Again how many manufacturers are now in the market. So cars are designed to last two hundred thousand miles no problem, the only points that aren't are the things that they can't control. The wear items, the fluids that break down. All those things that contribute to how long and how well a car is going to last. Changing all the fluids in the car every thirty thousand miles, the transmission fluid, the coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, fuel induction, fuel injection services, keeping the you know, your oil change, all these things will extend the life of those systems easily into the hundred and fifty, two hundred thousand mile range. So once again you have to decide what do you want out of this vehicle in the long run, and how soon are you going to get rid of it. If you are going to get rid of it as soon as the warranty is up, then yeah very little maintenance is involved, just your regular oil changes, tire rotations, physical checks of brakes, things of that nature. But if you are going to keep the car for a long time you need to dedicate to a positive maintenance plan that gets you to that goal. So like I said maintenance is not something everybody likes to do, it's like brushing your teeth or flossing, or working out, it's good for you in the long run, it's the right way to go about it. It's actually cheaper in the long run but it's not something you feel right after you do it. It' s not like a repair you have something broken, you fix it and you feel that. Maintenance you don't normally feel. Sometimes you feel like it runs better, steers better after changing the fluid or whatever but if you commit to that plan, stay with that plan you will save yourself lots of headache a lot of downtime, a lot of repair money and be able to keep that car, keep that car more reliable more efficient and like the car a lot longer so once again maintenance is just about what you want out of a car.

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