Thursday 18 July 2024

5 ways to extend the life of your car

Most of us have experienced the inconvenience and stress that goes with an unexpected repair bill. It can be equally stressful when the time comes to change your car and you realise just how much the value has dropped since you purchased the car.

We all want our cars to last as long as possible and be reliable and safe while we’re driving them. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to minimise the impact of these financial kicks in the teeth, and extend the life of your car.

Maintain your fluids

People can be worried about messing under the bonnet of a modern car, but there is still plenty you can do to ensure things keep working as they should. Engine oil is the most obvious fluid that should be regularly checked and topped up if required.

There are several good reasons why this is such a well-known level to check. Leaving your oil can lead to reduced efficiency, increased wear and tear, and eventually engine failure.

Other fluids worth keeping your eye on include your radiator coolant, power steering fluid, and possibly even your brake fluid. It’s usually fairly easy to spot any leaks, as they will leave plenty of mess close to where the leak is happening.

Maintain the value

Keeping your car clean and free from road grit will stop any premature rusting or rotting of components and bodywork. Rust spots and faded paint can dramatically affect the resale value of your car, as they serve as a good general indication of how the car has been maintained.

You can even consider ceramic coating, which applies a nano ceramic coating to your paint to protect it from scratches, corrosion, and sun damage. Your car will look better for longer if you do.

Maintaining your interior can be a little trickier, especially if you have kids. However, using car seats can help to minimise the impact of snacks and heavy use on your interior upholstery.

Inspect your tyres

Running the correct pressure is more important than most people realise for cars. Not only does it make your vehicle safer, but it will also stop the tread wearing prematurely and reduce your fuel consumption. If you drive a front or rear wheel drive car, then you can rotate your wheels to even out the amount of wear.

Replace your belts and filters regularly

Most air and oil filters are relatively cheap to buy and quick to change. However, the potential impact not changing them can have would prove much more costly. An oil filter stops abrasive elements from entering your engine, prolonging its life, and reducing wear.

If your cambelt snaps it will cause major damage to your engine. Replacing it can be tricky, but it’s definitely worthwhile.

Keep on top of things

The biggest factor with all of these tips is consistency. Check your pressures, fluids, and levels regularly. Don’t put off finding out what any new rattles are being caused by. In nearly all cases, a problem that is left gets more expensive.

If you have trouble remembering what you should check, use the word ‘POWDER’. A ‘POWDER’ check consists of Petrol, Oil, Water, Dials, Electrics, and Rubber. Keep on top of these checks and you should see the life of your car is improved.

** This is a collaborative post

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