Yuma, Arizona (NAPSI) - There’s good news for car owners. Extending the life of their vehicle and avoiding expensive repairs may be easier than they realize. The key is to be faithful when it comes to basic maintenance.

To help, here are some money-saving tips that will help to keep you on the road to savings and limit the time your car spends in the shop.

• Keep it clean—Keeping your car clean is not just about appearances. A dirty car can affect the value and life of your car, as well as your health. Normal dirt buildup and seasonal issues—such as road salt in the winter—can result in corrosion on body panels, including doors, fenders, the hood and tailgate.

Excessive rust can lessen the resale value and integrity of the car. It’s also important to keep the interior of your car clean. Dirty seats, carpets and mats that are not cleaned on a regular basis can allow mold to grow and spread, leading to a variety of potential health issues.

• Check the oil—The motor oil in your car is the lifeblood of the engine because it’s responsible for lubricating the moving parts that keep the car running.

That’s why it’s important to check your oil and have it changed at regular intervals. Consider upgrading to one of today’s premium synthetic motor oils, such as Royal Purple, which can improve your car’s fuel economy and engine life. Plus, using high-performance synthetic motor oil, as opposed to conventional oils, allows for more miles between oil changes, and reduces the amount of oil disposed of in the environment.

• Use a quality gasoline—Being a regular customer at a gas station you can trust can be important. Don’t be afraid to ask if the gas is filtered at the pump and, if so, how often the filters are changed. Some gas stations don’t have pump filters, and that can leave your car vulnerable to dirty gasoline. Sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, which can result in poor performance and lead to costly repairs.

Replacing a bad fuel system can cost anywhere from $400 to $600, depending on the make and model of your car and where you have the service done. So if you’re unsure about the quality of the gas you’ve been using, try using a fuel system cleaner and stabilizer such as Royal Purple’s Max-Clean.

You work hard for your money, and a car is one of the biggest investments you’ll make. It can pay to spend a little more on quality products to avoid spending more in repairs down the road.

To learn more, visit the website at www.royalpurple.com.