Cars are expensive, there is no doubt about it. Good car care can extend the life of your car and also help maintain it in its best condition. There are some basic car care maintenance tips that we should all be able to implement. Teaching yourself some car care can save you money because a well looked after car is less likely to need extensive repairs and a well cared for car will hold its value better.
Many of us realise that as soon as you buy a car it starts losing its value. However, there are things that you can do that will keep the car in the best condition for longer.
- Firstly protect the inside of your car with foot mats and also a boot liner. This will protect the interiors against wear and tear and also keeps carpets etc in tip top condition. I always by a boot liner and these are especially ideal when you have a dog like we do. I am able to keep the boot clean and just wipe down the mat as needed. Ideal for those winter walks in muddy fields!
- Check your lights regularly. It is an offence to have a defective light but it is not always something that you notice.
- If you have an older car you should make sure that you know how to check the water levels and oil. These can be catastrophic mistakes and cease up an engine which is costly if you let the levels drop.
- Make sure your car has regular services, a lot of people confuse car servicing and MOT, however, car service is different from an MOT Test. A vehicle service is an inspection of the mechanical components of your vehicle and by ensuring that everything is running smoothly this can reduce the risk of frequent breakdowns. You can book car servicing online at KAP Motor’s Brighton Branch.
- If you don’t drive the car everyday keep it in a garage if you can, this is especially important in the winter. Cold wet weather can stick to cars and this can cause rust spots if it is not being driven frequently.
- Do you know how to check your tyre pressure? It is a job that we should all be able to do. No-one wants to have to change a wheel but knowing the tyre pressure is important.
- Whilst doing the tyre pressure, check the wear and tear of your tyres too. No-one wants a blow out if it can be helped.
- Finally and this is a great tip that I was told, regularly check on the DVLA site for any call backs on parts for the make and model of your car. These are known faults that are often recalled to make safer and often these are free. Therefore check for common faults.
These car care tips will ensure that you are looking after your car and hopefully preventing any long lasting issues or expensive repairs. It is always better to look after things rather than having to replace!