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Easy tips to help keep your car from early retirement!

There are many ways to help increase your vehicle's longevity while at the same time keeping your peace of mind intact. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of one of your largest investments.

Make it your routine:

Following the car manufacturers maintenance schedule helps to make sure your vehicle has what it needs to keep it running. Of the overall maintenance regimen, one of the most frequently missed maintenance tasks is the oil change. By changing your oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer, you can help maintain the performance of your engine. All types of vehicle regular maintenance and recommended intervals are typically outlined in a vehicle's owner's manual. 

Take it easy:

To make sure your vehicle can stand the course of time, it is important to avoid unnecessary strain on the engine.

Constant, high RPMs, short braking, high-speed driving and other severe types of driving can lead to accelerated engine and transmission wear and potentially more substantial issues.

Keep it clean:

Consumers' vehicles likely take a beating throughout the year with the months of harsh winter conditions and corrosive elements. High temperatures, bird droppings, tree sap and UV rays in the warmer months can also cause damage to the interior and exterior of a vehicle. Keeping vehicles clean can help protect them from the chemicals and dirt that may attack the car's finish and undercarriage. 

Make sure it's covered:

For many, having their vehicle covered for issues that may arise is important, and a variety of warranty programs are becoming more and more prevalent. There are many different types of new and used vehicle warranty programs available to consumers.  Before relying on or purchasing any warranty program, be sure to understand it thoroughly and consider using skilled and competent legal / professional help for clarification and advice. 

Following these simple tips can help promote a long life for your vehicle. For information on insuring your vehicle, to get a quote, or for more information on your other insurance needs in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere, call Fox Insurance Agency at 503-277-2300 or click here