It is exciting to own a new car. However, new owners should know that there is more to a car than just driving it. Apart from learning traffic rules and road courtesy, a car owner would do better to learn about the best practices for car maintenance.
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Proper care lengthens the car's usability, prevents excessive repairs, and retains more of its re-sale value. One way to ensure this is to practice a smooth driving style. Avoid pressing hard on the accelerator, brakes, and clutch to reduce stress and wear on components. Gradually build speed and go easy on the gas, and avoid tailgating to allow gradual deceleration for gentler braking.
Wash off harsh elements on the car such as dust, sand, and even bird droppings as soon as possible. Keep the car in the shade. Environmental elements can wear off the car's finish.
Take periodic maintenance seriously and only from trusted professional service centers. Components need to be replaced after certain mileage, especially oil. Also remember to keep all service records and receipts, along with warranty cards and registration in the car. These will be needed later should the car be resold or swapped.
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Consider extending the warranty or insurance of the car to ensure that minor repairs are dealt with original parts and by accredited service centers.
With these best practices, new car owners can enjoy their vehicles for more years and get their money's worth should they decide to sell.