Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Want to keep your car off the scrapheap a few years longer? Here's how...

Looking after your car is not something that you should view as optional. Because if you don’t, it will end up on the scrapheap sooner rather than later. Taking steps to get the most out of your car and making it last for as long as possible can only be a good thing. It doesn’t have to be too difficult either. Here are some of the things that you should start to do if you want to extend the life of your beloved car.

Check the pressure

Many people make the mistake of neglecting their tyres and the pressure in them. When the air pressure drops, your tyres suffer, and so does the entire car. So, you need to get yourself an air pressure gauge and check the pressure levels at least once a month. That way, you can pump them up whenever they need a bit more air added to them. It’s so easy to do, but it can help your car last a great deal longer, so don’t ignore this.
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Learn how to store it when it’s not in use

Storing your car correctly will also help you to make it last longer. For good long term car storage, you will need a space that is protected. If you don’t have a garage where you can park your car, just use a cover that can be put over the car when you’re not using it. This will protect it against anything falling from trees above it and against the environment. Even things like bird droppings can have a negative impact on your car because they will corrode the paint.

Change how you drive

You should definitely change the way in which you drive if you can. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t drive smoothly, that should change. By using the car’s pedals more smoothly, accelerating gradually and braking gently, you’ll be able to keep your car in better condition. It will be able to handle whatever is thrown at it for a long time to come because the internal mechanisms will be in strong working order.

Inspect your car

Inspecting your car is a good way to have a look at things closely and see what’s happening to your car. You can then pick up on areas of disintegration that might be starting to happen. By addressing these issues, you’ll be able to extend the life of your car and keep it off the scrapheap. Learn about which car problems are most common in aging vehicles. You can then look for the signs of those problems. This kind of inspection should be carried out a few times a year.

Find a mechanic you trust

You won’t be able to do everything by yourself, though. A real mechanic will be able to look at your car more closely and find underlying problems. That’s what you need when you want to make your car last longer. So, find a mechanic that you know you can trust. Then you can keep going back to them whenever there’s a problem.


** This is a collaborative post

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