How To Make Your Vehicle Last Longer

Make your vehicle last longer

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It goes without saying that transportation is a vital necessity for many people, and expensive to acquire. The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, through our vehicle donation program for struggling families is well aware of how hard it is for some people to afford a vehicle. The average American family cannot afford to replace their vehicle very often, so we would like to offer you a list of things that you can do to make your vehicle last longer.


First thing to do to make your vehicle last longer is make sure you find a mechanic that you can trust and who provides you with great service at reasonable prices. Once you find a good mechanic, stick with them. Establishing a relationship with a great mechanic will help ensure you have someone that you trust to go to at any moment your vehicle needs any service or repair.


Read your owner’s manual and pay close attention to the maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Stick strictly to that schedule. Making sure your vehicle gets the regular maintenance it needs not only helps make your vehicle last longer, but avoids costly damage and repairs that can result from poor maintenance.


Weather is harsh on a vehicle and can cause many issues. If you have a garage, keep your car inside it whenever you’re not on the road. If you do not have a garage and you want to make your vehicle last, purchase a car cover to help protect your car.


It is customary for people to jump into their cars, crank it up and roll out without giving the car time to warm up. A cold engine needs time to warm up, especially in the winter time. The oil in your engine and transmission needs time to allow the temperature to rise before you drive off. Taking just a minute to let the car warm up can save on its longevity. However, if you warm it up too long, you will waste gas. If the weather is really bad and temperatures are very low, it is best not to drive your vehicle at all. Just starting a car in frigid temperatures is very hard on your battery and engine. Make sure to read our article, How To Winterize Your Car: A Guide, to learn how to prepare your car properly for the harsh conditions of winter and make your vehicle last through this harsh season.


Drive your car with ease. Avoid slamming on your brakes, riding the brakes, quick stops, and fast accelerations. Drivers who smoothly operate their vehicles will see their cars last longer so If you’re rough on your car with starting and stopping, then you will put strain on your vehicle’s transmission, joints, suspension and more.

If your car has reached the end of the road for you and you are looking to get rid of it by purchasing a new car, consider donating your used car to us today and you can help change the lives of struggling families. The Original 1-800-Charity Cars accepts vehicles in any condition, running or not- with free towing provided nationwide. We have been providing reliable transportation to people in need since 1996 through the generous donations of people like you. You can also make a monetary donation to 1-800-Charity Cars, just give us a call at 1-800-CHARITY (1-800-242-7489 x 2) or use our easy online form. To make monetary donations through JustGive or PayPal, visit