Keep Your Older Car Running Like New

car maintenanceAs the American economy is recovering, many families are opting to keep their cars for a longer period of time than they have in the past. According to Polk Research’s annual report, 2013 marked a record high in the average age of light vehicles in use nationwide. Their research revealed an average age of 11.4 years for light vehicles in 2013, up from 10.5 years in 2009.

Since the trend is to keep our vehicles healthy and working better, longer, here are a few tips on keeping your vehicle in top working order.

  • Oil Changes: Regular oil changes and replacement of oil filters remains the single greatest factor in keeping your vehicle’s engine strong. Most mechanics place a sticker in your window as a reminder, but many are now offering email reminders as well.
  • Transmission FluidFor automatic transmissions, having clean transmission fluid is important for maintaining the transmission (which allows your vehicle to move easily from one gear to the next). Check your operator’s manual for maintenance suggestions.
  • Brake FluidsWhen the brake fluids aren’t switched frequently enough, moisture can build in your braking system, leading to rust and corrosion (or worse).

Martplan Insurance Agency has served the auto insurance needs of La Habra and Murrieta residents since 1986. Their experienced, local agents work hard to find the best plan, from the best carriers at the most affordable prices. For a no-obligation quote, contact Martplan Insurance Agency today!