When it comes to car maintenance or collection, using the right DIY guidebook is paramount to retaining an enduring, high-functioning vehicle. This may be hard work, but if you're emotionally invested, you can be richly rewarded and enjoy every step of the journey. 

Regular maintenance is key

According to a survey from Auto Service World, fuel issues ranked among the top five reasons for consumer car breakdowns and failures in 2017. Regular maintenance and using the right oil and lubricants are necessary to ensure your prized automobile remains stylish, runs at peak performance and lasts for as long as possible.

“When it comes to classic cars, I also think that the more you drive them, the better they become.”

According to Magnus, “The greatest thing about the automotive industry is that everyone speaks the same language. Maintenance is important.” He goes on to say, “Routine maintenance and hands-on tinkering, whether you do it yourself or send it out to a performance or service shop, is pretty important. When it comes to classic cars, I also think that the more you drive them, the better they become.”

Tips for the DIYer

The same Auto Service World study showed that 62 percent of those surveyed reported saving between $500 and $1,000 annually by performing routine vehicle maintenance tasks on their own. If you are interested in doing it yourself, there are a few basic practices that will help you preserve your car’s health:

  • Replace your air filter annually.

  • Change your spark plugs every 30,000 miles.

  • Check/change your oil every 3,000 miles (and remember to use high-quality oil).

  • Keep your windshield wipers and other accessories up-to-date and in good condition.

  • Consult your owner’s manual to make sure you use the right items for your make and model.

  • Get out there and drive as often as possible.

An enduring love  

Magnus relays, “Cars were built to be driven, and I have very little interest in a car with limited miles. A car with 500,000 miles obviously holds a lot of history. I always say it's the people that make the cars interesting. Without people driving them, cars are just appliances that sit still. From a maintenance point of view, the best maintenance for any car is to drive it. And older cars — in a sense — are also simpler to work on. They don't get plugged into a computer for diagnostic. I think as long as people have fun tinkering around with cars, there will always be a place for fossil fuel cars and internal combustion engines.”

BETTER WITH AGE: When it comes to classic cars, Magnus feels that “the more you drive them, the better they become.” “Cars were built to be driven,” he says “and I have very little interest in a car with limited miles.”

Magnus concludes, “I always say that, for me, life's a journey. And the vehicle that takes you on that road is the car. The car is the great equalizer. So, I guess my message would be: get out there and drive, and see what the future on the open road brings.”