Ottawa, Ontario – Maintaining a vehicle properly is less expensive than a “Cash for Clunkers” program and can still protect the environment, according to Car Care Canada. The campaign is designed to help drivers make sensible decisions about their vehicles and avoid costly repairs due to neglect.

According to mobility service Runzheimer International, the difference in the savings over a four-year period between keeping a car and buying a new one is more than $10,000. Even if Canadians had an incentive like the U.S. Cash for Clunkers program, maintaining a current vehicle is the best economic option.

Car Care Canada recommends the following:

– Change the oil and filter every 5,000 to 8,000 kilometres, or per the owner’s manual. Periodic oil and filter changes keep the engine clean on the inside.

– Check the tire pressure monthly, including the spare, to maintain ride, fuel economy, handling, traction and safety.

– Schedule an annual tune-up to optimize the car’s performance, and have the alignment checked at least once a year. Potholes and other road conditions can take their toll on the car’s steering and suspension, along with normal wear.

– Inspect the windshield wipers and lights, which play a major role in safe driving and, as normal wear items, need periodic replacement.

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