When the costs of running a car start to teeter on the expensive side, it might be time to think about how to maintain your car properly. By maintaining your car correctly, you can extend its life, prevent many mechanical issues from happening, and preserve your car’s safety. And luckily, maintaining your car doesn’t need to be terribly time-intensive, or expensive. Here are our top tips for maintaining your car, and extending its life:
1. Break in your new car
If you have a new car, it’s worthwhile to spend time breaking it in for the first 1,600km. Typically, this means accelerating slowly and not exceeding around 88 kph, as well as making an effort to avoid adding heavy weight to the car, such as a trailer or full roof racks. You should also make an effort to avoid letting your car sit in idle for too long.
2. Leave the racing to the experts
How careful you are with your car every day will contribute considerably to the overall costs of running a car. For instance, if you shoot out of the driveway and tear around the bends before your car even has a chance to warm up, you’ll be adding unnecessary strain to your car and taking years from its life. Instead, drive safely and sensibly each day, and try not to accelerate too hard within the first twenty minutes of driving.
Although it might seem counter intuitive, to keep the costs of running a car low, you will need to ensure you have your vehicle regularly serviced. By getting your car serviced at the correct intervals, you can avoid unnecessary repairs and breakdowns later on down the line.
4. Give your car a little TLC
Even if you’re the type of person that believes a car’s only purpose is to transport you from point A to point B, you can appreciate how learning how to maintain your car can save you time and money in the long-term. It can even increase the potential re-sale value of your car. For this reason, we recommend washing and cleaning your car regularly (particularly under the bonnet), parking your car in safe, shady areas, and immediately removing any bird droppings or pollen.
5. Allocate ten minutes to your car once a week
With all the hard work it does for you, don’t you think your car deserves at least ten minutes of your time each week? All you have to do is check your oil levels, engine fluid, radiator fluid, power steering and brake fluid. Then, pull out your pressure gauge and check your tyre pressure. Easy!
6. Be fuel savvy
Investing in quality fuel will help your car run better in the short-term and prevent problems in the long-term. A good tip is to stick to a petrol station you trust, and avoid filling up at the same time as a petrol tanker. When petrol tankers top up fuel, it can cause sediment to rise up into the petrol. This can lead to performance issues and even problems that may need repair.
And finally, treat your car with respect. If you maintain your car regularly, you will have a vehicle that takes care of you too.
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