When you visit Folsom Lake Ford, you’ll find plenty of reliable used Ford vehicles. If you really want your used car to last a long time, however, you need to make sure that you’re taking proper care of it.

Here are some of our tips for extending the life of your used Ford vehicle.

Stick to a Maintenance Schedule

This is one of the best ways to extend the life of any vehicle, but routine maintenance is even more important for used vehicles. When you take care of small fixes like oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid refills early on, you can potentially avoid more expensive issues and mechanical problems that shorten the life of your car.

It can be tempting to delay routine maintenance tasks like these, but it’s just not a good idea. Let’s take oil and filter changes as an example. When you have fresh oil and a new engine oil filter from our Ford service center, your car’s engine is well-lubricated and better protected from contaminants. Each of the small, delicate parts that keeps your car running smoothly is protected from heat and friction.

When your oil gets old and that filter wears out, your engine can easily be damaged. That engine damage can be expensive to fix, and it also shorten the life of your vehicle. This is why car care is so important, especially if you’re driving a vehicle that has a few years and a few miles on it already.

Drive Safely

Safe driving behaviors don’t just reduce your risk of getting into an accident. They also help protect your vehicle from premature wear and tear.

A driver who speeds, drives recklessly, and puts their brakes through their paces on every drive can really wear down certain car parts a lot faster. Drive the speed limit and stay safe on the road, and your used Ford vehicle will last longer.

If you’re looking for a used car that has a long life ahead of it, we can help you find one. Visit our Ford dealership serving Sacramento and check out our selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs today.