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Newer vehicle technology has made things like oil changes every 3,000 miles a thing of the past. These days, your car is likely equipped with all sorts of helpful alerts that remind you when it’s time to check your tire pressure, change your oil or inspect the brake system. But, your car – no matter what the age – still needs regular TLC to stay in top shape. AAA offers these reminders:

• Monthly checks – pick a day that’s easy to remember and mark your calendar to check your tire pressure, tire condition and fluid levels like oil, coolant and windshield washer on the same day each month. If needed, top off any fluids that are low and inflate tires to the recommended level.

• Keep it clean – regularly wash and wax your vehicle. This simple task removes any grit or grime from the road that can damage paint and lower a car’s resale value.

• Vehicle inspections – AAA Approved Auto Repair shops offer a free vehicle inspection – with a paid repair – along with other types of service. Oil changes are the perfect time to take advantage of convenient inspections to make sure all the vehicle systems, the car battery and more, are operating at full capacity. Additionally, it’s a good opportunity to get to know your mechanic and stay ahead of any possible larger issues down the road.

• Pay attention – to sounds, smells or fluids leaking from your car. Ignoring these warning signs could led to a major repair that could have otherwise been avoided.

Keeping up with these car care basics are not only easy but will help prolong the life of your car and may also alert you to a potential issue before you end up stranded by a breakdown.

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