Thursday, 6 July 2017

Why do old cars cost more to maintain?

There’s common knowledge that old cars can be very expensive in the long run. There is naturally some truth in this idea, especially as most old cars were not built to be fuel efficient, at least if you are aiming to buy the kind of car that your grandparents would have driven through the country. If you are looking for an old car that isn’t too greedy in fuel, you’ll need to be looking for cars built in the 2000s. However, given that the new millennium started 17 years ago, you can bet that these cars are old too. They might come at a lower price than a brand new model – or so you hope – but they are said to cost an arm in maintenance. If you are in the process of looking for a second-hand car, or if you already own an old car, it might be time to ask yourself whether the bad rep that old cars have on maintenance costs is really justified. You’d be surprised to find out that, while it’s normal to have to invest more in your car – as pieces need to be replaced as part of the natural aging process of the car –, there’s no reason why the overall maintenance process has to be expensive.

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Let’s get something clear from the start: You need to look after your car, regardless of its age. That means that letting it accumulate the dirt, dust and rust is not looking after your vehicle. Cleaning your car is essential to keep it looking good and avoid any serious issues. Indeed, it’s easy to overlook a broken element if it is covered in rust or dirt. So give your car a wash, and make sure to follow with a paint and wax job to protect it from the external elements. A car that is not looked after is more likely to develop faults.

Owners delay basic maintenance

How often have you heard a weird noise from the engine and thought that it could wait? Every time that you choose to postpone a necessary auto repair, or even a car check, you might be creating further issues for the car. Additionally, you need to schedule regular maintenance appointments to ensure that your car is still safe to drive. This form of preventive maintenance allows you to check the lights, the tires, the oil level, the battery, the air filters, the windshield and the spark plugs. It's not uncommon for owners to forget the yearly maintenance for their cars. Unfortunately, lack of maintenance can have dramatic consequences on the health of your vehicle.

People don’t know how to fix simple faults

Last, but not least, how many people do you know who can actively fix simple car problems? If you are still struggling to fund any, it’s no wonder: Young generations are not very good at understanding mechanics. Indeed, simple repairs such as from changing a wheel or changing the brake pads are almost impossible for the Millennials generation. In truth, most adults have lost interest in learning how to fix their cars. As a result, they don’t understand the fault and can’t prevent the professional garage costs.


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