No matter what car you drive, it is vital that you take the time to look after it properly. This is one of those things that everyone knows, but only relatively few people follow through with.
The problem for many people is that they don’t know where to begin with looking after their car, even though the basics like maintenance and regular servicing is essential. In today’s busy world it’s often forgotten as it isn’t important and a car will still run even when badly neglected.
In this post, we will take a look at some of the main reasons that it is important to keep on top of your car’s maintenance. Think about these next time you find yourself falling behind.
Above all, safety should be any motorist’s top concern. There is nothing more important than staying safe on the roads, and maintaining your car is a vital part of that.
Make sure you check your tyres regularly, are there any cuts or gouges out of the sidewalls? Pressures should be checked weekly, but make sure you do them at least every two weeks at a minimum.
Your tyres are the most important part of keeping you on the road, make sure you invest and get a decent quality brand. DO NOT buy part worn tyres, you don’t know the history of them, they could have been badly repaired. If a garage is selling part worn’s on the side then they are trying to squeeze every last penny out of their business, they don’t care about your safety, just your cash.
If you ever have any steering vibration get it checked out, make sure all your wheel bolts are tightened for a start.
Hear a knock or a clang? Get it checked out, it could be a broken spring, damaged steering rack or worse.
Looking after your car is also a way of looking after yourself and others on the road.
There are so many costs associated with driving that it can be hard to keep count. Many of these costs, however, can be easily reduced by simply taking care of your car.
To take the most obvious one first, let’s look at the cost of taking your car to the garage. There are a huge number of reasons that you might need to do this. Of course, if it’s something like an engine light or a broken cam belt, there isn’t much that can be done to prevent it. But a lot of the time cars break down for stupid reasons, like a lack of engine oil, or not having the spark plugs changed regularly enough, in the end you just receive a bigger bill when things really go wrong.
Compare garages for the best deal, but make sure they are trustworthy or are recommended by a friend.
Sites like Groupon often have deals on MOT’s or air con regassing, main dealers charge a fortune for these services!
If you get on well with the garage and they agree, try and source the parts yourself (if you know exactly what you are doing!) and just have the garage fit them. Then you will only be paying for their labour rate, not the costs they inevitably put or make on the parts. Sometimes you can find parts cheaper online, other times the garage will get a better discount at trade price.
You’re best getting a quote from a garage and then trying to get the bits you need online if you’re really savvy.
Making sure your car is safe and well looked after could help keep your insurance premiums down, as you are less likely to have an at fault accident due to some horrific mechanical malfunction. Sites like Comparaencasa.com will often take your history into account, so this is worth bearing in mind.
Safety and money are hugely important, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about aesthetics. For any true car lover, how it looks is as important as anything else. This is often especially the case if you have recently bought yourself brand new car. But even older models can have a certain charm about them.
The truth is, looking after your cars paintwork helps retain it’s value when you come to sell it on. Make sure you are cleaning your car on a regular basis, using the two bucket method at least.
If you’re lazy see if you can get it professionally detailed, it really does make all the difference compared to a £5 hand job car wash…. Take a look at pepboys.com for more on this.