I learned a lot from my dad, more than I can remember and certainly more than I could pack into a blog post. However, one thing that has always stood out in my memory is how well my dad takes care of his belongings. He is diligent about keeping his tools, toys and equipment in pristine condition.
When it comes to his cars, my dad takes special care of all the moving parts. Many weekends are spent carefully washing and waxing his car, scrubbing brake dust off of the wheels and using tire treatment to give them that shiny showroom floor look and feel. Oil is changed on time, and each tune up is done with plenty of time to spare. There’s no doubt that he gets more value out of his cars than most. He's always cared for his belongings like they’re meant to last a lifetime.
Me, on the other hand, not so much.
I’m guilty of letting oil changes slip, tire rotations go well beyond the recommended mileage and ignoring my check engine light until some catastrophic event occurs. Trust me, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that I’m not as organized as my old man. He has a good system in place and a good way of keeping up with things, which is critical in any plan’s implementation.
It’s no secret that taking better care of your vehicle prolongs its life.
Studies show that maintenance costs go up as vehicles age, so keeping them in good working order is extremely vital to surpass the 100k-mile mark and beyond. Whether maintaining a personal vehicle or an entire fleet, the proof is in the pudding. Automotive Fleet reported in 2014 that fleets with a PM program in place reduced downtime by as much as 20 percent!
CheatSheet has some great tips on how to extend the life of a vehicle.
Here's a recap:
- Rotate your tires
- Run the air conditioner in the winter
- Clean the engine
- Protect your vehicle in storage
- Maintain to coolant / antifreeze
- Wash your car in the winter
- Maintain the transmission
- Change your filters
- Protect your vehicle from the sun
- Change oil more often than recommended