The cost of buying and running a car can run into thousands of pounds, so it makes sense to maintain it as best as you can. Be thorough when it comes to making checks on the engine, and also check regularly for signs of damage to the bodywork. Regular checks can catch problems before they cause complications and become even more expensive to repair. One important thing is to check your engine and maintain the correct oil, water and coolant levels.
Make sure you get your car serviced regularly, either annually or at every three thousand to five thousand miles, whichever comes first. This ensures that your car is equipped to run efficiently and safely and can avoid engine problems. You can always refer to your car manual to find out where to make checks yourself, or ask someone who knows to show you how if you aren’t sure. Getting into the habit of making checks, especially before making a long journey, is important.
The windscreen of a car is an area which is sometimes overlooked by car owners, yet if there is a problem with it, it can potentially cost hundreds of pounds to repair or replace. One way to avoid this is periodically checking for chips on the glass. If you catch sight of a chip, it will need repairing as soon as possible. Failure to repair a chip can result in a very expensive crack, which is not only costly but could also be dangerous. It is straightforward to fix a chip and is most definitely worthwhile.
You and your passengers will enjoy travelling in a car which is kept clean and tidy. To keep the interior clean and the upholstery free from stains, it is best avoiding eating in the car. However this isn’t always possible, so a good cleaning regime at least once a month should keep your car fresh and tidy. Remember, eating whilst you are driving your car is illegal and can be dangerous.
A good way to clean your car is to take out all of your foot mats and de-clutter your compartments. You will be surprised how much rubbish accumulates in them! Using a damp cloth with a small amount of a mild, gentle detergent such as washing –up liquid, is effective as a way to remove stains from seats. Buy car-interior wipes to clean the plastics of the cars interior. Be careful which type you use as some detergents can cause discolouration, so patch test on an inconspicuous area initially.