The best ways to make your car last longer

Regular maintenance is vital to keeping your car in top condition and prolonging its life.

Service intervals are based on time or miles driven, for example once a year or every 10,000 miles.

Check your manual to find out when your car should be serviced and what work is required.

Many modern cars have warning lights on the dash to alert you when maintenance is needed as well.

Generally speaking, you should budget for a ‘minor’ service once a year and a ‘major’ service every two or three years.

Minor service includes changing the oil and oil filter, and replacing other fluids if necessary.

Depending on the car and mileage, a major service may also cover replacement of the air filter, spark plugs, and timing belt.

The number of tasks included in even a minor service is numerous, but all should include checks for oil and fluid leaks, tire pressure and condition, excessive exhaust emissions, brake wear, and proper operation of the steering, gearbox gearbox, clutch, suspension, lights, wipers and horn.

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