All cars fans know the effort that constantly goes into trying to keep a vehicle in top condition.
When you buy a new car, one of the greatest joys of that whole experience is being able to drive around for a while in a spotlessly perfect vehicle.
Of course, that rarely lasts long, and when the good times do come to an end it can be something of a disappointment.
But, there are ways of ensuring that this honeymoon period lasts a little longer, sometimes considerably longer.
If you’re curious as to how such a magic feat might be accomplished, you’ll be pleased to discover that it’s all in the maintenance – and it’s actually pretty straightforward.
The engine, there’s no doubt, is one of the major things to think about when you are trying to keep your car in the best possible condition.
As long as the engine is being taken care of, you should have years of motoring ahead of you.
But how do you actually make sure that your engine is being taken care of in the best possible way? Well, an oil change doesn’t go a miss and the most important thing is to ensure that you are cleaning the engine bay regularly, properly and with genuine elbow grease.
Cleaning your engine bay is important because it makes it easier to spot any leaks or other such problems at a quick glance.
We all know that keeping on top of your tire pressures is one of the most central parts of keeping a car like new – but it is amazing how often we forget to do it.
It’s a problem with time perception, basically; it never seems as though that much time has passed since we last checked.
To get around this common problem, you could install a tire pressure monitoring system. These are designed to alert you once your tires get below a certain level, meaning that you will always know when it’s time to pump them up again.
This will lengthen the life of your tires, and keep you safe on the road.
It often seems as though cleanliness can’t possibly be an important part of car health. But, the cleaner your car is, the more value it will retain when the time comes to sell it.
The thing about keeping a car clean is that you really need to make sure that you are cleaning both inside and out, thoroughly, as you never know what that errant muck inside the cabin can do if it gets into the wrong places.
Clean your car once a week if you have the time; if you don’t, at the very least clean it once a month.
One of the simplest ways to keep your car in peak condition externally is to simply park it somewhere where the elements can’t get to it so easily.
Even rain can cause untold damage over years and years of abuse on unprotected paintwork.
The ideal spot is in a locked garage. If you don’t have one available, at least try to park somewhere that is relatively sheltered, even if it is only a little spot of shade.
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