5 Auto Maintenance Tips For The Entrepreneur

As a business owner, you know that your car is your valiant workhorse. You take it to buy supplies, to the office, to meet clients, on business trips, etc. This weeks Boss 5 gives you 5 Auto Maintenance Tips For The Entrepreneur.

1. Keeping your car well maintained can save you time and money. The upkeep of your car is very important. Good maintenance reduces the risk of a brake down, which would take precious time away from your business. Time is money, and time dealing with unnecessary auto repairs is more money out of your pocket than just the cost of repairs. In addition, proper maintenance of your car adds to its resell value.

2. A car in poor running condition will use more gas than one that has been tuned up. This can cost you more money if unattended. A clogged fuel filter can harm your car and reduce gas mileage up to 20%. Spark plugs in poor condition reduce gas mileage up to 12%.

3. Underinflated tires aren’t just dangerous â€â€ they devour fuel economy by as much as 25%! (I know this from experience â€â€My Toyota Prius was losing 5 mpg due to worn tires). Overinflated tires aren’t efficient either. You should also be sure to keep your tires balanced and aligned. Better to be safe than sorry.

4. Carry only what you need for your business. Don’t leave heavy things in your trunk. “For every extra 250 pounds your engine hauls, the car loses about one mile per gallon in fuel economy.” [via Bankrate] Reduce your car’s workload â€â€ remove anything that might cause drag: luggage racks, bike racks, ski racks, etc. This will save fuel.

5. Properly measuring and topping off your fluids is a great way of keeping up with your cars longevity. Change your oil regularly and ask your local auto mechanic to accommodate all of your autos needs. Below is a list to help you get started.

Maintenance checklist:

  • Air Filter
  • Brakes
  • Coolant
  • Drive Axle Boots
  • Drive Belts
  • Regular oil changes
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Rotating Tires
  • Spark Plugs
  • Timing Belts
  • Tire Pressure
  • Transmission Fluid

About the Author: Mark Sundara

Mark is an Entrepreneur, Mechanic, & Interviewer for BossStart.

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