How to Make Your Used Car Last Longer | Laurens, SC


Keeping your used car running as long as possible is one of the best ways to save money on transportation. Follow these tips to keep your car in good operating condition for years to come.

Clean It Regularly

Washing your car does more than keep it looking good. It also prevents your body panels and underbody from developing rust as a result of exposure to water, dirt, and grime. It's especially important to clean your car in the winter, as road salt can be very damaging to car components.

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Reduce Unnecessary Weight

It might seem minor, but over the lifetime of a vehicle, reducing unnecessary weight can go a long way toward decreasing wear and tear. The more a car weighs, the more work the engine, brakes, suspension, and transmission have to work. And as a bonus, the lighter you keep your car, the more fuel-efficient it will be.

Ease Into the Drive

When you first start your car in the morning, give it time to warm up. Let it idle for up to 30 seconds so the oil pump has time to distribute the oil throughout the engine. And when you set off, drive gently for the first few miles.

Hit the Redline

It might seem counterintuitive, but cars benefit from being driven at redline from time to time. It helps clean carbon buildup. Modern automatic transmissions are designed to shift early to save fuel, and it's possible to drive every day without going past half the RPM limit. In a safe area and after the car is warm, rev up your gears to clear carbon deposits that would otherwise lead to reduced performance and misfires.

Above all, stay on top of maintenance. schedule routine service appointments at Greenlight Chevrolet in Laurens, SC, to ensure your used car lasts as long as possible.


    200 N Harper St
    Laurens, SC 29360

    • Sales: (864) 766-7455
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