Buying a used vehicle is a great way to save money, but you can save even more by keeping up with maintenance and service and extending the life of your ride. With these tips, you can prevent breakdowns, stay safe, retain resale value, and help your vehicle last for years to come.

Don't Put Off Repairs

Putting off repairs can often lead to more serious issues. Notice your car pulling to one side, vibrating, or making a strange noise? Visit the Midwest Superstore service center for repairs as soon as possible. This can often save you money in the long run, keeping a small problem from turning into a costly nightmare.

Check Fluids and Change Oil

Check your vehicle fluids every month or so to stay up to date on any potential issues. If you notice you're low on brake fluid, for instance, this is often an indicator that you need new brake pads or rotors. Additionally, don't put off oil changes, as this can be detrimental to the engine performance in the long run. Try to get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, or every three to five months.

Check the Tires

Tires are the one vehicle component in constant contact with the road, yet many drivers neglect them. It's important to check the tire pressure with every change of season, as a change in temperature can affect the air pressure. While you're doing that, be sure to inspect the tread for any wear. A tread depth indicator is an affordable tool that will help you measure tread with accuracy, but you can also visually inspect the rubber for cracking or bulges.

Keep It Clean

Keep your car clean, inside and out. Clear out garbage regularly so it doesn't cause foul smells, ruin the interior materials, or hurt resale or trade-in value. Be sure to wash and wax the exterior to remove any dirt or grime and to protect the paint. Few things lower value more than scrapes or rust.

Need help with any of these maintenance measures? Visit Midwest Superstore for friendly service, solid advice, and great care for your car.

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