Your car is an expensive investment, so you want to do everything you can to keep it in the best condition possible.
Whether you bought a new car off the lot or you have invested in a used car from a friend you want to take the time to perform regular maintenance.
You also want to make sure you do what you can to avoid exposing your car to elements that will cause damage to the body or engine over time. This means storing your car in a safe location that provides adequate shelter.
It is no secret that cars parked outside will wear out faster than cars that are parked safely in a shelter of some kind. Not only will your car be exposed to the weather, animals and dirt, but you are also increasing the chance that a passerby may cause harm to your vehicle. Covered parking can eliminate many of these concerns.
Ideally, you should park your car in a secure location that puts you in control to who will have access to it. This includes garages or storage facilities that allow your car to remain in an enclosed, locked shelter with limited access.
Do not put off regular maintenance, particularly on new cars. Ensuring that everything is in working order will let you stay on top of what parts might need replacing so you can create a plan for your car’s upkeep. The longer you leave a problem unchecked, the more likely it is that the part will wear out and need to be replaced all together.
Take your car to a trustworthy mechanic for an annual inspection to get a feel for how it is holding up and how parts are faring. This can also give you an idea on how your driving habits might be affecting the condition of your car (whether you like to admit it or not!)
Make sure you keep your fluids in good working order.
Allowing your brake fluid, oil or coolant to get low is dangerous, as is failing to keep these fluids in the proper condition. Fluids must be kept at a proper temperature so they do not freeze or overheat, limiting their effectiveness throughout your vehicle.
Keeping your car stored properly and taking the time to drive it regularly will help keep your fluids in good working condition. Also ensure that you do not miss regular oil change appointments so the fluids in your car can be topped up and inspected for their quality.