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Cars can get pretty expensive but by taking a few extra steps you can extend the life of your car and save big in the long run. Instead of having to buy a new car, keep your current car in top condition for years to come with a few easy tips.

Sure, simple maintenance and oil changes help extend the life of your car, but we have a few more tricks up our sleeve (or engine really) to keep your car going strong for years. 

1. Start your car properly

Start the car and drive slowly and gently until the car reaches proper operating temperature. This is especially true during the cold months. It reduces the strain on your engine while the oil is still cold and thicker.

2. Don’t forget the parking break

During the fall, spring and summer (not the winter), use your parking break. Even if you are driving an automatic, use it regularly, especially if you're parked on an incline. It will help keep the brakes adjusted in the rear of the car and makes them last longer.

3. Wash your car regularly

All the salt, sludge and pollution can mean costly body repairs in the future so beat the problem by keeping it squeaky clean.

4. Try not to speed 

Don’t be a Nascar driver because it can damage your engine. It forces your engine to work harder by pumping and using more fuel. Tone it down, and lift your lead foot off the gas pedal.  

5. Get to know your vehicle

 Drive with the radio off for a day and just listen. Pay attention to new noises or new feelings as you drive. Get anything suspicious checked out. Too many people let these things go and it hurts them in the long run. 

6. Maintain the paint job

Make sure to touch up any dings or paint chippings or your car will get rust, that will just eat away at your vehicle.

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