Monday, 8 May 2017

A car is for life, not just for Christmas...

Okay, so that saying might actually be meant to be about pets, but it’s rather apt for cars as well. Admittedly, a car won’t last for your whole life; cars are only meant to last between ten and 20 years or so. However, once you’ve found a good car, a car that is affordable to run, fits your lifestyle well and offers you everything that you need, it makes sense to hang onto it for as long as possible.

We’ve established that once you’ve found a good car, it’s best to hang onto it for as long as you can, but what does it take to do that? Below we’ve delved a little deeper into what it takes to keep the same car for as long as possible.

Plenty of TLC

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If you are going to keep your car running properly for many years to come, plenty of TLC is crucial. The fact is that when it comes to having a 'healthy' car, the rules that apply are the same as the ones needed for a healthy body - you need to feed your car with all the right stuff and ensure it gets all the care it requires. What this means is regularly topping up your engine oil and ensuring that your car always has plenty of fuel in it, as driving it with low fuel can cause minor damage to the vehicle, which gets worse slowly over time. It’s also crucial to ensure that your car is regularly serviced - at least once a year, and has any work done as quickly as possible. Cars that are well maintained tend to have the longest lifespans, so it’s worth making an effort to take care of your car properly.

Where you go, your car goes

It’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that if you are moving to somewhere new it’s easier to buy a new car than transport your car there, especially if you are moving a long distance away or overseas. However, if you’ve got a car that you can rely on, it makes more sense to look for a company that ships cars, so that you can transport your car to your new home, ready to use when you arrive. The fact is that good cars aren’t always easy to come by, especially if you’re buying second-hand. That is why it’s best to ensure that you can use your car for as long as it runs for, even if you move to a new place.

Learn to drive your car perfectly

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Did you know that how you drive your car impacts how ‘healthy’ the car is? Because believe it or not, it does. So if you want to ensure that your car will run for as long as possible, it’s important to learn how to drive it perfectly. This is because the less wear and tear a car has, the longer life it tends to have. Don’t rev your car too much. Don’t drive it too fast. Don’t emergency brake when not necessary. If you want your car to stand the test of time, it’s important to learn to drive it as carefully as possible, because how a car is driven does make a difference to how long it lasts.

There you have it, everything that you need to know about keeping your car ‘healthy’ for as long as possible.


** This is a collaborative post

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