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As a dedicated car owner, you want to do whatever you can to keep your car in pristine condition. After all, a vehicle is a big investment, and you wouldn't want to see your investment go to waste. An essential part of car ownership is keeping your vehicle in top shape to make sure it is as dependable and reliable as possible. Starting with a vehicle that has high safety and reliability ratings is a good place to start. However, there are additional steps you can take to prolong your vehicle's lifespan, too.

Schedule Oil Changes

Depending on your vehicle, your car will need to have its oil changed at least several times each year. Some cars should have their oil changed every 3,000 miles. This is likely the case for older vehicles that do not take synthetic oil. Newer models, however, and cars that can use synthetic oil can last for about 5,000 miles or more between oil changes. Keeping up with your car's regular oil changes is important, regardless of the vehicle you drive. Engine damage can result from driving a car beyond its recommended oil change point, which in turn reduces the longevity of the engine and the car.

Service Your Car

Oil is just one part of your vehicle that needs to be checked from time to time. Other components under the hood and along the exterior need to be evaluated periodically as well to ensure they are functioning properly. If you are driving a new car, a mechanic may suggest an inspection around 10,000 or 15,000 miles to make sure everything looks good, and no parts need to be adjusted. The first few mileage-based checkups are relatively minor service appointments that include inspection of the wipers, lights, and minor parts. Hoses, fluid levels, tire wear, and major mechanical parts will be checked as the car reaches 30,000 miles and beyond.

Keep Your Car Clean

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While it might sound like a trivial aspect of vehicle ownership, keeping your car clean does wonders for its health. Keeping the interior and exterior free of dirt and other debris prevents vital components from damage. Washing and drying your car can also prevent rust and corrosion damage to the paint. It also prevents mold and mildew from growing in the cabin, which can be difficult to remove. Washing the underbody removes salt, dirt, and other roadway debris that can corrode vital parts.

Whether you're planning to own your car for a long time or you want to sell it later, keeping it in prime working condition is essential. Contact our Volkswagen dealership to schedule a service appointment today. Our friendly and experienced staff are ready to help.