No matter what type of car you have, it's important to take good care of it over the years. Failing to do so could result in a lot of costly and regular repairs. You can easily avoid them -- even if you don't know much about cars -- thanks to these care steps. 

1. Keep Tires Aired Up

Tires aren't always cheap to fix. This is particularly true if your car has a specialized set on them, such as performance tires. So that you don't have to constantly replace them because of blow-outs, you need to get in the habit of checking their tire pressure.

Checking a tire's PSI (pounds per square inch) doesn't have to prove difficult if you invest in a digital tire pressure gauge. Once hooked up to a tire, you just need to turn it on and gather the readings. Make sure these readings are similar to what your tire manufacturer recommends the PSI range to be. If these readings are off, you need to make the proper adjustments for tire longevity and your overall safety when driving.

2. Check Transmission Fluid Levels 

The transmission fluid plays a pivotal role in your car's transmission and the components it involves. It's designed to keep this major part lubricated so that it doesn't overheat and experience premature wear and tear.

To ensure this fluid does its job correctly, there needs to be enough of it in the transmission fluid reservoir. To see if there is enough fluid, you'll need to locate this fluid reservoir. There should be a dipstick labeled 'transmission' to indicate where this reservoir is. Take this dipstick out and wipe it down completely. Insert it back in and then take it out to see where the fluid levels are. If they're below the 'fill' line, more transmission fluid should be added.

3. Change a Dirty Air Filter 

The air filter in your vehicle is designed to prevent dirt and other particles from entering your engine. If this component gets too dirty, it can no longer complete its assigned role. Then, your engine may not last as long.

For this maintenance job, all you need to do is take the air filter out and inspect both sides. If they're completely covered in dirt and debris, you'll need to find a replacement. Make sure the one you select has the correct dimensions, so you can ensure a proper fit.

You never want to deal with auto repairs, as they can be costly and take a long time to fix. They won't be a regular occurrence if you get in the habit of maintaining major systems and parts. For more information, contact a company like Jim Stephen's Foreign Car Repair.