Make your car last longer

Make your car last longer
In today’s tough economic times, more and more car owners are looking for ways they can get the most out of their current transportation solutions—and this means cars. While some car owners opting in to car shares, such as zip car, most New Yorkers are ding their best to make their current cars last. Luckily, the same steps that increase a car’s longevity may also increase its gas mileage—both of which save consumers money in the long run.

“ With all of the media focused around the automotive industry this may seem like common sense, but so many people still neglect the vehicles that they rely on every day—which means more cars over a lifetime,” notes Moshe Farkash of Manhattan car detail center Broadway Bridge Wash & Lube (http://www.broadwaycarwash.com). “It’s just common sense,” Farkash says. “Why buy a car in this economy when you can get more time — and miles — with the car you already have.”

Farkash continually offers NYC Car Wash tips New Yorkers looking to increase your car’s longevity while making it more fuel-efficient. 
– Get your car’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. Make sure the filter is cleaned then as well;
– Have you transmission fluid checked and replaced according to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule;
– Change your air filter. (A clogged filter forces the car to work overtime.);
– Clean your fuel injection system;
– Use the correct grade of motor oil; and
– Make sure the air pressure in your tires is at the correct level.

Periodically, according to your car manufacturer recommendations:
– Have the power steering fluid checked;
– Flush the coolant;
– Inspect and replace belts and hoses;
– Rotate tires; and
– Check and change the brake fluid

It’s also a good idea to have the car thoroughly detailed (http://www.broadwaycarwash.com/detail-center.html) a couple of times a year to keep it protected from the elements. “The nicer it looks, the longer you want to keep it,” says Farkash. “This too seems simple and yet ..” Farkash recommends superior cleaning and protective wax to keep the car looking new longer, and, if you do decide to sell, you’ll more likely be able to get close to the Kelly Blue Book value listed for the vehicle. A poorly maintained car with stained upholstery and a smoky odor isn’t going prompt anyone to pay full value. “And these are just some of the minor results of negligence over time.”

With the constant crisis surrounding the financial state of this country it may seem prudent to lock down all extraneous costs, however, taking some routine preventive steps can save uncounted dollars for the future of any vehicle. “It’s the grasshopper and the ant revisited,” says Farkash. “A little work now may seem like an unnecessary hassle and expense, but it’s nothing compared to the inconvenience of going without transportation when you really need it or pouring a fortune into your vehicle for something you could have prevented with just a little attention.”

To address current economic conditions, Broadway Bridge Wash & Lube offers a wide variety of savings and coupon packages to meet NYC car owners half way. For more information on these go to http://broadwaycarwash.com/coupons-promotions.html or visit this NYC car wash and lube center on the corner of Broadway & 220th street to check out their deluxe car wash and detail center first hand.