Driving Habits That Will Make Your Used SUV Last Longer

July 10th, 2021 by

Make Your Used SUV Last Longer

If you are reading this, chances are you have just closed a deal with your local dealership and are now the proud owner of a second-hand SUV. Congratulations!

However, from now on, you must pay attention to making sure your SUV lasts as long as possible.

Do not worry. A used SUV is still as reliable as any other. But have you ever noticed how often one could find two vehicles originating from the same model and year, only to see how one’s clearly in a better shape than the other?

Well, that’s because half of maintaining a reliable and durable SUV is how you use it for your day-to-day activities.

Believe it or not, by maintaining great driving habits, you can make a difference in your vehicle’s lifespan. So, to make sure you truly get the most out of yours, you can start by examining the following suggestions.

Stick to the speed limits … like 90% of the time

A massive waste of fuel is not the only thing that takes place inside your vehicle when constantly driving at high speeds. You are overworking various essential components of your SUV as well.

For starters, your drivetrain is constantly under immense stress due to the ongoing effort it requires to both power and controls your wheels’ movement at such speeds. If done regularly, this will eventually make it wear down significantly faster.

In addition, prolonged high speeds call for a continuous high performance from both your engine and your transmission, meaning they will quickly overheat. If you tend to speed often, this could eventually cause both mechanisms to malfunction in their entirety.

In essence, you can improve your SUV’s components and lifespan as a whole if you were to make a habit of not overdoing it with high speeds and driving at the suggested speed limits instead.

However, there’s also the matter of carbon deposits.

With the very act of driving your car, the engine quickly builds up on carbon deposits that will both stay and accumulate on its insides. If enough carbon deposits were to gather inside your engine, they would slowly reduce its overall efficiency over time.

Ironically, they can quickly burn up when driving at fast speeds. So your best measure to deal with them is actually going at higher speeds with caution from time to time.

In the end, making a habit of driving the speed limit 90% of the time still crucial to make sure your car’s durability stands strong. But do feel free to go at higher speeds every few hundred miles or so. That way, you can regularly keep your engine clean as well.

Take your SUV out for a spin every once in a while

Did you know that leaving any vehicle unused for prolonged periods of time is a sure way of letting your car oil go stale? Likewise, did you know that car batteries can quickly lose their charge when not under constant use?

If the answer is no, well, now you know.

To make sure everything’s flowing smoothly on the inside of your SUV, you should make a habit of taking it out on a ride regularly. Once every week or two should do the trick.

However, try as much as possible to make long trips instead of short ones.

Why? Because taking your SUV out on short trips isn’t enough to make your engine heat up to a decent temperature.

Remember carbon deposits? Well, they’ll still be accumulating over each trip, but as your engine won’t ever get hot enough, you won’t be able to burn them up regularly. Alternatively, if your trips were to be longer ones instead, then you should not have to worry about that at all.

Maybe plan for all of your driving-related tasks so they’re all set up for the same day. Driving for most of the day to complete them would make for a perfect opportunity.

On the other hand, if you don’t have a reason to go out, a relaxing uninterrupted drive around your area could also help the cause and your overall mood for the day.

Avoid driving on low fuel

Any regular fuel tank works as follows: when driving with a full tank, the fuel is constantly being drawn by a series of pumps that then take it to the parts of the car that need it to work. As easy as that.

However, what happens when you drive with a near-empty tank? Well, in that case, your pumps then actually start drawing on outside air, which by itself carries outside debris and sediment.

When this happens regularly, those outside elements could eventually clog the entire fuel system and, if left unattended, it will cause it to corrode in due time. Fast-forward in time a little, and then your car may not be able to start at all.

To keep this from happening, you should instead try to maintain your tank as full as possible at all times. While it might not be as cheap as we would want it to be initially, it is certainly better than an expensive repair bill.

Use your car brakes strategically

Out of any vehicle’s functions, the brakes are probably among the most used overall. However, this comes as a double-edged sword.


Because the more they’re used, the more quickly they can wear down. Still, you can limit how much they do if you only use them with a little bit more caution on the side.

For example, when stopping for a red light.

Many people tend to stop at the last moments before actually reaching the next car in your line. However, when suddenly hitting the brakes, even while going at medium speeds, it still puts way more of a strain on them than what’s needed.

In that case, you should instead evaluate how much time you have before you reach the next car and then decide on a proper moment to just let go of the accelerator. Allow the vehicle to slow down on its own. Once it is at its slowest possible, that’s when you should be hitting the brake.

Furthermore, when parking, you should also make a habit of using the Parking Brake, especially when parked on any type of hill.

Setting your gear to “Parking” has always been more of a temporary stop for your car, while the Parking Brake has always been meant for a definite stop once any trip is over. When making exclusive use of the former, the brakes can and will wear down over time.

When coming to definite parking after any trip, you should instead set your gear to neutral, then set up your Parking Brake, and wrap things up by setting the car gear to “Parking.”

Since this is how any car was meant to be parked, parking brakes were made with better resistance that regular brakes can’t provide.

Drive with low carrying loads

While SUVs are usually meant for very well-equipped trips, you should try to use their maximum weight capacity as little as possible. When under large loads, said weight would put on a big strain on your SUV’s suspension and shock absorbers.

The bigger the weight at hand, the bigger the pressure per ride.

Likewise, driving with this kind of weight comes with the need to break more frequently than not. We have already talked about how sensitive the brakes are when under constant high stress.

Still, there’s no evil in having a regular need to carry out a large amount of stuff with you on a drive, but keep in mind that it should be a reasonable amount of weight per trip.

Ideally, it should never be the total capacity, and definitely not something exceeding it.

Get your perfect long-lasting SUV at House of Cars

By following these recommendations, you are now more than covered when it comes to doing your part in ensuring your SUV is reliable and durable for the long run.

However, as stated above, the other half is still owning a great one overall.

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We want to help you find a vehicle that speaks to you and one that will accompany you for a long time. Contact us today to learn more!

Selling a Financed Car

As the owner of a financed car, it is not uncommon to find yourself in need of selling it, even while said finance is still underway.

Can it be done at all? The short answer: yes. However, it certainly comes up as a more elaborate procedure than selling a used car that has already been paid in full.

Yet, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Here are the five steps for putting a financed car up for sale.

Estimate your car’s current value

Of course, the first step should be to calculate your car’s current value.

Do some research on the matter, and make sure to take into consideration every detail regarding your vehicle’s current state. Is the motor in good condition? Does the A/C still work? Did it go through any repairs under your ownership?

Several platforms on the internet, like Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds.com, are dedicated to helping people estimate any vehicle’s true value. Feel free to use them if they can be of any help to you.

Once that is done, try and come up with a fair selling price for it based on your findings. That will be the groundwork for the following steps.

Compare your loan payoff balance with your determined selling price

Ideally, the next step should be contacting your loan providers and asking them about your current payoff balance. Once you have that information at hand, you should now compare said balance with the selling price you came up with for the last step.

Next, you should ask yourself the following questions before actually making an offer:

  • Is the selling price enough to cover the remaining loan payments?
  • After the selling process is done and the loan is paid in full, do you get to keep some money?

Ideally, you want to pay down your loan before the sale occurs or with the money from the sale itself.

If your current situation is beneficial, then feel free to proceed as intended. If it is not, we highly recommend you hold up on your plans until your financial situation changes to your favor.

However, if selling your car is of the utmost priority, we recommend applying for an independent low-interest loan with a short repayment term. If approved, then use this money to pay your already existing car loan.

While you will still be in debt, this one will not involve the car from now on. So now you will be able to go on with the sale more quickly.

Get your loan provider involved with the sale

Regardless of which of the two previous scenarios comes to pass, remember that your loan provider still holds the title to your vehicle.

An essential part of selling a used car is transferring its title to the new owner, so it stands to reason that the actual owner is well-aware and involved with the process.

Many loan providers plan for this kind of event in advance and have made several procedures set in store for whenever they’re needed. You should take advantage of this and check whether your current provider does. If they do, you might as well ask for some guidance on the matter.

Afterward, your best course of action would be to make the deal at your loan provider’s physical address.

Do not worry, as many of them already allow for that. By doing so, you have quick ease of receiving your payment immediately, paying your loan right away, and transferring the title to the new owner from the very moment the purchase is made.

Also, you can immediately ask for and receive any official documents you might require, as well as notarize them.

Do keep in mind that, depending on the dealership where you originally got your loan, their respective physical address for said services could also be a local bank or a credit union. In other cases, they could have no physical address at all.

If your provider doesn’t have a local division, you can alternatively make the deal in your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. There, you can obtain a temporary operating permit that will allow you to officially transfer ownership to your buyer once your loan has been paid in full.

However, this process tends to have a cost and a waiting period to be approved and delivered.

Deliver the car, get paid for it

Once everything is set and done, you are now clear to carry out the actual transaction.

Ideally, to guarantee your financial safety, you should accept either cash or an official bank check. Any other option should not be in consideration at all. By doing so, you guarantee that any gained revenue is legit and can be used as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that your buyer should also be receiving a document in which you state you agree with the transferral of ownership and a bill of sale. The latter including the following information: seller contact information, sale date, sale price, among other things.

Wrap up all legal matters related to your past ownership of the vehicle

Now that the car is no longer yours, you should now cancel all services related to it. Likewise, you should compile all related documents that you still might have use for one day.

Don’t know which ones you should hold on to? Well, try with these for a start:

  • Your copy of the Bill of Sale.
  • A Release of Liability
  • After selling your car, you should cancel the insurance coverage that once applied to it and keep an official document that confirms said service is no longer active.
  • The car’s license plates from when you were the owner.
  • You should also pay all the fees associated with the sale, and you might as well keep proofs of said payments.

Are you interested in selling your vehicle? House of Cars is here for you!

Now you know about all the steps related to carrying out a selling process for a financed car.

If you are interested in selling one, you can visit us at House of Cars Arizona, and we’ll guide you through the entire process.

We understand the importance and seriousness of selling any car and the issues that having bad credit might provoke.

This is why we’ve customized our entire support system, as well as our Auto Dealer services, to make sure you can carry out the whole process as quickly and efficiently as possible. At House of Cars, everybody gets a chance to do so.

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