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Keeping Your Car For A Lifetime: Preservation Top Tips

9 Mar , 2020  

Let’s face it, a car is almost always a massive investment. It’s unlikely that you can find a great car for a very small price, and that’s why it’s so important for you to try and find the perfect vehicle that’s going to allow you to truly get the most out of your money.

Spending thousands on a vehicle can either leave you completely out of pocket or alternatively with an amazing car that can last a lifetime, so it’s absolutely vital that you are able to make right moves to find the perfect solution.

Luckily, there are so many different steps that you can follow to choose the ideal vehicle and then preserve the system for as long as possible, so that you can keep your dream car for a lifetime without having to spend an arm and a leg every few years to keep it running.

So, if you want to become more sustainable and reduce your average road spend, then read on to uncover some of the best tips and tricks that you can make the most of today!

 

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Choosing The Perfect Car 

Before you can even think about any other preservation tricks, you must make sure that you have chosen the perfect car. There are just so many different vehicles on offer from all manner of sellers that it really can seem impossible to make a certain decision, but fortunately there are a few simple questions that you can ask to identify whether any car might be the one for you.

Asking things such as ‘how many miles has the car done?’, or ‘have there been any major issues in its lifetime?’ will give you a better idea of the way the car has been looked after in the past, and this can influence the longevity of the vehicle too.

Never decide to purchase a car without taking a test drive first, as you must get inside the vehicle and test the brakes, acceleration and steering as a bare minimum to identify any potentially dangerous faults. Some people sell their cars despite the problems they contain, yet this could possibly end in a fatal accident that will never be worth the discounted price.

 

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If a seller simply won’t allow you to step inside the vehicle until you have handed over some cash, then use your head and connect the dots to decide that this just isn’t for you. Always use a green flag HPI check to identify whether the car has a record, as you may uncover that the vehicle you’re viewing has discrepancies and misinformation to hide the real truth about the source.

Take a look at the bodywork or any vehicle that you come across, checking for dents or scratches that could be a sign of reckless driving – this kind of behaviour can have an effect on the cars interior workings as well as the body, so be vigilant and check the small details to find the perfect car.

If you want to explore something that’s a little more modern and environmentally friendly, then searching for an electric or hybrid vehicle may be a great choice. The future is looking as though it’s going to be filled with electric powered transport, so this may potentially be a great long term solution! 

 

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Preserving Your Vehicle

Once you have chosen your ideal vehicle, you must take steps to preserve the car to ensure that it can run for as long as possible without encountering any proverbial bumps along the way. It doesn’t have to be difficult to keep your car out of harm’s way, as you can make some simple changes to your lifestyle that can accommodate the need to sustain your car for as long as possible.

First off, storing your vehicle in a garage during the night or whenever it is not being used is going to be far more beneficial then leaving it outside in all weathers, as harsh wind and rain can have a terrible effect on the bodywork of your car and encourage debris and dirt to makes it way inside filters and other important mechanical features.

 

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Keeping your vehicle inside will also dramatically reduce the chances of it being stolen or damaged too, so all in all it’s far more beneficial to find a place to store your car that’s out of sight and completely secure. If you don’t have access to a garage then it’s a good idea to invest in some protective sheets that you can throw across your cars bonnet and roof to protect the paintwork from cracking and chipping in the intense sun and during other weather events.

Keeping your car’s mileage as low as possible will also help to ensure it runs more smoothly, so consider whether you actually need to drive 2 minutes down the road and decide to use your feet instead. Whenever it starts to become colder and snow or ice start to appear around you, it’s so important that you can take steps to protect your vehicle and stay as safe as possible on the roads.

Invest in some chain link tyre attachments that can stop your wheels from slipping and sliding all over the place, and always keep a bottle of de-icer inside the vehicle to ensure that the system can run smoothly despite the freezing temperatures.

Cleaning your car on a regular basis will help you to maintain the vehicles aesthetic, whilst also giving you the chance to check the car for any new problems or dangers that you can nip in the bud before they grow and become harder to manage. 

 

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Keeping your car for a lifetime has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the top tips and tricks detailed above!

The amount of money that you can fork out for a new vehicle simply cannot go to waste after just a few months, and that’s why it’s so important for you to choose the perfect vehicle and follow the preservations steps outlined above to maintain your new car for as long as possible.

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James Dempsey is originally from mother Russia. He works as a freelance journalist for various publishing companies and devours anything tech and car related. He has been a long standing contributor to Team Carwitter and helps keep the site viable.