"Most importantly," said Young, "the key to lowering overall costs lies in avid maintenance to extend the life cycle of the automobile."
Here's a handy checklist aimed at doubling your car's life expectancy:
o Tune-Up. A regular tune-up is recommended, even with the high-tech performance of today's vehicles. At least once per year, test ignition wires, spark plugs, the fuel and air injector, pcv valves, plus the vital sensors that govern most engines.
o Corrosion Treatment. Essential in the Canadian climate, an annual corrosion body treatment helps to reduce rust and deterioration in the electrical system and every moving part of the body is lubricated. A Krown treatment for example, keeps the sensors, computer, and battery working longer and it helps to lengthen the life cycle of your brake, gas line, and even the sending unit of your gas tank. The corrosion is reduced in the seams and from the inside body panels to help lengthen the paint life.
o Change Engine Oil and Air Filters. The oil and air filters prevent dirt and harmful particles from damaging the engine and they should be changed at twice a year or every 5,000 kilometers.
o Check Spark Plugs. Clean or change spark plugs if they are badly fowled or if the gap shows serious erosion.
o System Check. Assess brakes, the tires, and the shock absorbers at least twice per year.
o Wash and Polish. Remove the weather and road elements regularly, and protect the paint with polish at least once per season.
o Interior Care. Dust and clean dashboard with every car wash. Vacuum at least once per season. Shampoo upholstery whenever needed.