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How to make your car last longer with Douglas Automotive

SPONSORED • Published: Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 9:25 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 10:54 a.m. CST
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Your car is one of the biggest investments you will make, so doing everything you can to make it last is a no-brainer.

Properly maintained, your car can give you up to 300,000 miles of good service. Not only will it last longer, but a well-maintained car will cost you less to drive and fetch you a higher resale value should you decide to trade it in or sell it.

Your owner’s manual contains all the information you need to keep your vehicle in top running order. Read it, but in the meantime, here’s a short checklist:

Always change the oil regularly (again, check your manual), as well as your air filter. It’s also important to check all your car’s fluids, such as coolant, to protect your engine.

Check hoses, headlights, tail lights and all the other lights to make sure they’re in working order.  Also check your tires. Is the tread wearing evenly? Is there enough tread? Are your tires inflated properly? Believe it or not these things affect not only your safety but also the life of your car.

Heed your car’s warning lights. If one lights up, don’t ignore it in the hope it will go away. It won’t, and it’s trying to tell you that something is wrong.

Drive safely. Revving the engine and slamming on the brakes, speeding and taking hairpin turns not only shortens the life of your vehicle, it’s dangerous - for you and others.

“Regular maintenance is what will keep your car going for the long haul,” said Doug McAllister, owner of Douglas Automotive, in Barrington and Crystal Lake.

The experts at Douglas Automotive can put your vehicle on a regular maintenance schedule and keep it in top running form to help you squeeze every mile possible out of your hard-earned investment. | 123 E. Virginia Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60014 | 815.356.0440

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