You can’t just assume that it will last forever without some effort on your part, though! Despite the fact that it is a fantastic and reliable vehicle, a vehicle is still a vehicle and subject to normal wear and tear. You need to take great care of it in order to see it reach its potential.
Follow the Maintenance Schedule
The single most important thing you can do in order to make sure your Nissan lasts as long as you need and even beyond what you hope for is to follow the maintenance schedule. The manufacturer has laid out all the very specific times when you need to take care of items on your vehicle. It may seem like a lot and indeed does cost money to follow the schedule. It will pay off, however, when your car isn’t faced with unexpected breakdowns because you haven’t properly cared for it.
Take Your Nissan to a Certified Dealer
When your Nissan needs maintenance, it’s best to bring it to a certified dealer. Our technicians are all highly trained and deeply familiar with the way Nissan vehicles work. Instead of trusting the future of your vehicle to a mechanic who may not be as familiar with the way a Nissan is constructed and built, go to a trusted Nissan dealer and let them take care of your vehicle the right way the first time.
Use OEM Parts
While going to a Nissan dealer for your maintenance and repair needs will go a long way in making sure that OEM parts are used on your vehicle, it’s important that if you find yourself in a situation where you need to repair or replace something that you use original equipment parts. Many Nissan dealers will be able to help you source these parts if they aren’t readily or easily available.
Drive Your Nissan Gently
A Nissan is meant to be enjoyed. You shouldn’t hold back from experiencing the power and ride of your car when the spirit hits. You don’t want to overdo it, though. Braking too hard or accelerating too quickly puts a lot of undue stress on your vehicle. This kind of stress wears all of the parts down more quickly and lessens the possibility that your Nissan will last as long as you are hoping.
Keep Your Nissan Clean
A clean car looks better on the road, but even more than that, the natural elements can really damage your vehicle’s long term health. The paint can be damaged, the body can start to rust and all of these things will shorten the life of your vehicle. Washing your car regularly will help to prevent things like dirt, bird excrement and other things from doing long term damage to your car. It’s also better for your health to keep the interior of your vehicle clean as areas like your cup holder and dashboard can be places where harmful bacteria reside. A clean vehicle will also just make you feel better. Make it a point to add cleaning your vehicle to your schedule.
Lighten Your Load
Along with keeping your vehicle clean, you also want to keep it light. The more items you carry around in your car, the more it puts strain on the all parts of your car. Of course this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use your Nissan for hauling things or transporting your items when you need to, rather you just need to keep in mind that your car is not an extra storage space and make an effort to remove unneeded items when possible.
Reduce Short Trips
Taking too many short trips in your vehicle reduces its overall lifespan. It’s much harder on an engine to start and not warm up properly. Cooler oil puts more load on the components. If oil doesn’t have a chance to warm up properly it can’t protect all the parts of your car the way it should. So you want to reduce the number of short trips you take in your vehicle. Additionally, you want to allow your Nissan to warm up properly before you get going for much the same reason. It allows the oil to get going through the system and protects all the components for a much longer period of time.
If you take these precautions and love your Nissan than it will last you for a long time. The key is to be gentle and take preventative measures so that your vehicle will always be in great shape and last as long as possible.