Apart from our home, the most expensive thing that we’re likely to own is our car. Not only in terms of the initial cost, but also the ongoing maintenance costs. It therefore makes sense to treat your car like an asset by keeping it running optimally. The better you maintain your car the longer it will last. This will save you time and energy as well as money in the long run. Here are a few ways that you can care for your car and make it last as long as possible.
Keep it Serviced
If you want to get the most out of your car, then your number one priority should be to get it serviced at the correct intervals. While everyone ensures that their car passes the MOT, a lot of people neglect to service their car. You may get away with this for a year or two or sometimes even a few years. But sooner or later this will come back to haunt you and you’ll be stranded at the side of the road about to face a hefty repair bill. You’ve heard the saying – prevention is better than a cure.
Change oil Regularly
If your engine is the heart of the car, then the oil is the life blood. There are many moving parts in the engine that perform at high speed. These parts need lubrication so they don’t get damaged. That’s what oil is for. Unfortunately oil degrades over time as it becomes contaminated it’s less effective at protecting your engine’s vital components. That’s why it’s so important to change your car’s oil frequently. Replace the filter every time you change the oil to keep prevent ingress of dust and debris and to keep things running smoothly.
Don’t ignore Problems
If you start to hear a small knocking or whining sound, then this is an indication that something is not right. While your car may drive fine for now, it’s important to get these things checked and actioned as soon as you are aware of them in order to prevent them from becoming much bigger problems later down the road. After all, no knocking, tapping or whining has ever got better after being left alone has it?
Keep it Clean
Although washing your car helps to make it look nice, it also increases its longevity. There are many contaminants in the air and on the ground that can enhance the rate of corrosion of your car, so it’s important that these are removed on a regular basis. Whether it’s grit, snow and salt in the winter or bird poop in the summer, your car’s exterior is always up against something. While you’re there, give the inside a once over to keep things clean and tidy. Whenever you clean your car, inspect your car’s tyres to make sure they are in the best possible condition. There’s more information on looking after your tyres and getting the most of them here.