Once, our vehicles and electronics lasted us. Cars would be good to go for twenty or more years. Our phones were built to sustain a nuclear apocalypse. In short; there was a real focus on products with staying power.
Now, though, things have changed. Phones need replacing every few years, and cars aren’t much different. There are, of course, a variety of reasons for this. For the most part, manufacturers are trying to keep up with consumers. We don’t look out for things with lasting power anymore. Instead, we opt for choices which are cheap and sustainable for the time being.
In a world where technology moves faster than light, this attitude isn’t surprising. What’s the point in spending a fortune on something which lasts if it’s likely to become outdated in a year?
But, some of us still look for the long-lasting quality that used to be so easy to come by. And, it can be frustrating when your vehicle is on its last legs before you’re ready to buy a new one. The good news, there are ways to make new designs last. And, we’re going to look at a few of them.
Regular servicing is a sure way to elongate the life of your vehicle. On a basic level, this means ensuring that you keep on top of MOTs, and take your car to the garage on a regular basis. It also means doing routine servicing yourself, such as replacing oil and checking tires. While these steps are essential for most vehicles, few drivers bother with them. Is it any wonder, then, that cars don’t have staying power?
Replace instead of renew
You could go as far as to argue that our patience has changed, rather than the quality of vehicles. Once, we would have replaced parts. Now, we decide to get a whole new car. Get out of the habit by replacing broken parts instead. Most car manufacturers offer replacements. It’s possible to find various Subaru parts, Ford replacements, and just about any other manufacturer you can think of. Even better, you don’t need to do this through a garage. In fact, this will cost you a hell of a lot less if you do it yourself. If you wanted, you could even order in some parts and replace them annually. That way, you’ll never have any issues.
Keep it clean
Never underestimate the power of a good clean. We’re all busy, and few of us keep our vehicles as tidy as we’d like them. We always push that car wash as far as possible. And, don’t even get us started on the internal clean. But, it’s worth making this a priority. Leaving harmful dirt in your car can cause it to degrade much faster. In some instances, it can even cause damage to paint jobs and so on. To make sure that doesn’t happen, develop a regular cleaning routine, and stick with it. This is sure to keep your car better for longer.