Keep the oil fresh

There's nothing nice you can do for your vehicle than to keep its oil fresh and clean. The mating surfaces of the engine work hard to get you and your family from point a to point b, and they do so in a very punishing environment. Heat, friction, and just general duty are putting constant strain on your engine's moving parts, and it's the oil that makes sure that these parts can keep standing up to the punishment. Fresh, clean oil that is replaced at least on the manufacturer's schedule is a must to keeping your vehicle running at tip top shape.

Wash, wax, vacuum

The easiest way to keep your car looking, feeling, and maybe even smelling good is to keep it washed, waxed, and vacuumed. On the exterior painted surfaces, if you keep grime and road debris at bay then there is a better chance that the surface will keep it's new luster longer. That's because letting the dirt and debris accumulate over time will cause minute scratches that will etch away at the coatings. Fresh washes and waxes prevent accumulation of this crud. On the interior the same applies. Use of a car means that what's outside gets tracked inside, and what gets tracked in is usually dirt and grime. Keeping the flooring and seats clean will keep the carpet and upholstery from getting ground in dirt and grunge.

Seasonal checklist

Every season is going to bring different needs to you, your family, and how your vehicle fits into these needs. So every time the seasons change, you should evaluate what types of things you'll need to keep handy as well as what things you should make sure you have tended to. Things to keep in mind are the weight of the windshield wipers which vary with the weather of the season, antifreeze potency when fall turns cold, air conditioning charge when spring turns to summer, and maybe even the tires you run. It's a blend that more than likely will be custom to you, but regardless, you should have some seasonal change items that make sure your vehicle is ready for the weather.

Keep up to date on recalls

Manufacturers are always looking into their vehicles to be sure that what's on the road is going to meet the driving needs of their customers. Also, they check for ongoing issues that may relate to safety. So when you get a recall notice in the mail, you should make sure to schedule an appointment to have the dealership's service department handle it. Most recalls are easy fixes and take only a little bit of your time, and they won't cost you a cent. The dealer will perform whatever action is required to correct the deficiency and get your vehicle back to you quickly.

Use authorized parts

When you do repairs or replacements on your vehicle, whether you do the work yourself or have a shop do the work, make sure you use reputable replacement parts. Keeping your components in specification with the manufacturer's requirements will make sure that the repairs and replacements that you do will last long, and perform to the manufacturers specs.