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26 Mar 2019   /   0 comments

How to Keep Your Car in Good Condition


black-and-white-car-vehicle-vintageCommon terms of endearment for our cars tend to be expressed through naming them or calling them our “babies”.

Whether your relationship with your car is personal or you could care less about the hunk of metal you drive around, learning how to keep your car in good condition is beneficial.

Not only will your vehicle last longer but it could also get you more money if you ever decide to trade it in or get an auto title loan.


TFC Title Loans has been one of the leading auto title loan lenders for over 20 years. We have seen many cars of all shapes, sizes, and ages when our customers have received Car Title Loans.

We want to help you get the best price for your car, so here are some important tips to follow when it comes to taking care of your car.

Check and Change Oil

This is one of the most important parts of a car and is changed on a scheduled basis. Make sure you check and change your oil on a regular schedule. If you go to a dealership or auto center to get your oil changed, they usually put a sticker on your windshield to remind you when your next schedule is.

Make sure you abide by that schedule, following whichever may come first: the mileage or date. If you change your oil yourself, be aware of the mileage in the owner’s manual.

Not only that, but be mindful of the weather conditions. Oil tends to run through faster during the warmer temperatures, especially if you’re driving long distances regularly.

It’s easy to check your oil and notice when it’s time to change, so learning how to do that could be helpful. If you neglect your oil changes, it could ultimately destroy your engine and shorten its lifespan.

Other Things to Check with Oil Changes

When you go to get your oil changed, if they don’t already, ask your repairman to take a look at the following things:

  • Air filter

To check yourself, remove the air-filter element and hold it up to strong light. If you don’t see light, replace it.

  • Brakes & Fluid

Your breaks should be checked at least twice a year, but more if you drive a lot. This is important because this will prevent any unwanted accidents and damage to your car. Brake fluid can be topped off by yourself at home.

  • Power Steering Fluid

Power steering fluid can be topped off at home. Most cars are installed with a level that you can check. Follow your owner’s manual to ensure you purchase the correct fluid.

  • Battery

Check the cables and terminals to make sure there is no corrosion. If your battery has removable caps, check the fluid level every month and especially during warmer climates.

  • Tire Pressure

Gages are extremely cheap to buy at your local convenient store. If you plan to make a long trip, make sure you check your tires and top off on the air.

Maintenance: 2-4 years

Cooling System Flush & Fluids

Checking your cooling system and replacing the fluids will prevent corrosion and deposit build up inside the system. Flushing the system removes mineral deposits from water, the deposits that accumulates, and residue from metal erosion so you don’t clog the water pump. When your pump is clogged, the engine runs hotter and impairs its performance.

Transmission Flush & Fluids

Over time, your fluid can become contaminated. It tends to happen when the synchronizers, bearings, and gears in the transmission wear out. If you don’t drain these contaminants, then it shortens the life of your transmission. You usually won’t hear any malfunction, so it’s important to get this fluid checked when you go in for oil changes. It’s also important to flush and replace it every few years. A transmission can be an expensive replacement.

Drive Belts & Hoses

Your drive belt provides power to many of the important parts of your car: air conditioning, power steering, cooling fan, air injection pump, and more. When it stops working, everything else in your engine does and this could cause damage to the engine.

Hoses provide coolant low to the engine, radiator, and heating block. Broken hoses could lead to overheating your engine and further damaging it.

Timing Belt

When the timing belt breaks, your engine stops working completely and can cause damage to the engine. That’s why it’s important to get it regularly checked or changed.

The Little Things


Wash your car as much as you can. Not only will your car look nice and sleek, but it will help remove any road grime and salt that builds up. If it’s possible, try to hose out the fender wells and undercarriage to remove the grime from important parts. You should also wax your car every 6 months. It keeps your paint job fresh and saves you touch ups.


Keeping the interior plastic protected helps the aging of your car. Use a deflector on the dashboard and UV protectant on the inside to keep from sun damage.


A keychain tends to be the bearer of all keys and trinkets. Unfortunately, the weight could damage your car in a big way. Having all that weight hanging from the ignition while you’re driving can damage the ignition tumblers. It will make the car harder to start and you’ll have to replace the tumblers, which can be expensive. Connect a carabiner to your car keys so it can be easily removed from the rest of your keys and keychains.

Trade-In Value & TFC Car Title Loans

The longer you keep your car in good condition, the less money and work you’ll have to put into it. When you get an auto title loan with TFC, the quick cash we give you is based off your car’s trade-in value. The better shape it’s in, the higher amount you’ll get from us to help you pay any emergency bills. Call us today to see how much quick cash you can get for your car!

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