Keep Driving Longer

How to Extend the Life of Your Car in Lafayette, LA

You have a busy life and a lot to keep up with, so it’s important that your vehicle keeps up with you. That’s why whenever your Nissan needs service, you can rely on the expert technicians here at Giles Nissan Lafayette. Whether you need routine maintenance (like an oil change or tire rotation) or a major repair, our team has many years of experience working with Nissan vehicles, and they’re ready to make sure your car stays safe, reliable and efficient. Beyond regular service, however, there are other ways that you can ensure your vehicle is dependable on a daily basis while also elongating its lifespan. Follow these tips to lengthen the life of your car, and don’t forget, if you have any questions, we’re here to help!

Wash & wax your vehicle regularly.

When you visit the car wash regularly, you’ll keep your Nissan looking good and keep it protected against the elements and damaging substances such as road salt.

Don't forget the interior.

Clean out your vehicle’s interior regularly and it’ll always look (and smell) fresh. Vacuum the seats and carpet to remove dirt, dust and crumbs, and deep clean the upholstery to remove stains if necessary. If you have leather seats, use leather cleaner and protectant to keep them intact.

Keep an eye on your tires.

High-quality tires are key for a high-quality driving experience. Check your tire pressure regularly, and if you aren’t sure what PSI they need, your owner’s manual will tell you. Check the tread as well to ensure it’s deep enough, and have your tires rotated consistently so they don’t wear out unevenly.

Fill up with care.

Did you know that it matters what gas station you choose — and not just because of fuel prices? You should always choose gas stations that are trustworthy, because the quality of the fuel you put in your vehicle matters. Also, if you see a fuel truck refilling the pumps, choose a different station. If you pump gas while the underground tank is being refilled, your vehicle’s fuel filters and injectors could be clogged with stirred-up sediment.

Keep up with oil changes.

It’s an age-old truth, but it’s worth repeating: Oil changes are vital to the health of your car. Check your owner’s manual to see how often you should bring your model in for an oil change.

Change the filters.

Filters do just what their name implies — they filter out impurities that are damaging to your car’s system. Your oil, fuel, transmission and air filters become dirty over time and need to be changed regularly, so refer to your owner’s manual to see when to change each one. Our technicians will also be happy to advise you about filter replacements.

Repair damage to your windshield as soon as possible.

A tiny crack in your windshield can quickly become a major issue. Don’t ignore damage to your windshield, as small chips can spread and you might end up having to replace the entire thing.

Use genuine OEM parts.

Genuine OEM parts will fit your Nissan better than those made by any knock-off brands. If you need help finding the right part, just let our Nissan experts know.

Make sure fluids are at the correct level.

The fluids in your vehicle keep it running smoothly, so it’s important that they’re checked regularly. Your owner’s manual contains information on how to check your vehicle’s fluids, or you can ask our technicians to take care of it at your next service appointment.

These are just a few steps to follow in order to keep your vehicle healthy and on the road for a long time. If you have any questions about your vehicle's maintenance, don't hesitate to contact a member of our team or stop by our dealership at 6137 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503. We look forward to serving our customers near New Iberia, Abbeville, Youngsville and Broussard.