Hanging onto Your Car Longer

By Al Pefley email

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - With the economy going downhill, you may be looking to get by without replacing your car.

The economy is slamming on the "brakes," and layoffs are "fueling" fears of a deep recession. You may want to keep driving your car as long as you can.  The owner of Angel's Auto Care in Riviera Beach showed us some simple things you can do to keep your car rolling along.

"One of the most important things you can consider to not only increase the longevity of the vehicle but also your investment is your tires. So tire pressure is crucial because they will lose from two to three  pounds consistently from month to month," said Angel  Borges of Angel's Auto Care.

Next he says pay attention to the basics under the hood.

"Check your coolant level on a regular basis. Do not open that container if the vehicle is hot. It will burn. Very hot fluid. Next it's very important to check your oil, even between oil changes. Most indicators will have your low and your high mark. Just make sure it's somewhere in between and you'll be fine," Borges said.  He says you're asking for trouble if you delay getting the oil changed.

Finally, we're all seen that little check engine light on the dashboard, right? He says if it comes on don't ignore it. Never.  "If this check engine light comes on it may be something as simple as your gas cap being loose, or it can be something as serious as engine misfire, which can cost you a lot of money if you have problems with the engine performance.  He says the only way to be sure what it is is to get it to a mechanic.

With proper care, Borges says the average car should last ten years or 200,000 miles.