Sometimes life gets busy and taking care of your car can quickly slip to the bottom of the to-do list. If your car is running fine at the moment, it might not seem important to undertake regular maintenance. However, when it comes time to sell your car, you will be able to secure a much better price if you have undertaken basic maintenance over the life of the vehicle. Regular maintenance can also reduce the risk of mechanical issues developing or worsening.
Maintaining your car doesn’t need to be extremely time consuming or costly! That’s why we have put together a list of some basic maintenance tasks that will ensure your car lives a longer and healthier life.
Learning a few basic things about how your car works, and maintaining a regular schedule for checks and services, will make sure you aren’t blindsided by a big repair bill down the track.
Servicing the entire vehicle
When it comes to a full service of your vehicle, this job is best left to the professionals and should be booked in every three to six months. Your mechanic will check your tires, fluids, brakes etc and ensure your car is functioning safely and smoothly. Some warranties require you to undertake regular services, so be sure to check out your owner’s manual, and keep a logbook of your services to present when you eventually sell the vehicle. This is a great way for a buyer to have peace of mind that the vehicle they are buying has been well maintained.
Checking oils and fluids
It will depend on the specifications and age of your car as to how often you need to change your oil. If your car is less than 15 years old, the oil probably needs to be changed around every 5,000 kilometres. Many cars have an electronic reminder with a flashing light. Regardless, it is important to regularly check your oil and other fluids to ensure your car is well lubricated and runs cooly to avoid the risk of engine damage.
Maintaining your brakes
Brake pads are easy to replace and cost-effective. If your car is making squeaking or screeching sounds as you stop, there’s a very good chance you need new brake pads. If your illuminated brake light comes on, it might be time to have your brakes fully checked at a mechanic. Your tires need to be removed in order to get to the brakes, so it can be a good idea to get your brakes checked when you have your tires replaced or rotated.
Changing your tires
Maybe you got a flat, or maybe your tires are worn down. Whatever the reason, don’t put off tire maintenance! There is nothing worse than being stuck with another flat and having the spare punctured in the boot. Weather, driving conditions and the way you drive your car will impact how long your tires last. Learn how to virtually check your tires for tread and wear and tear, so that you know when it is time for a change.
If the grooves are deep, then your tires probably still have some life left. If they’re faded or nearly gone, then you need to replace your tires straight away. If you notice any vibrations or wobbles while you drive, this is also a sign that you need to check your tyres. Be sure to get a wheel balance performed when you go in for a professional tire service.
Belts, batteries and filters
To keep your car running smoothly, it is a good idea to regularly check your belts, battery and filters. You should make sure your battery is kept clean, and if your car is struggling to start, perform a battery check before you end up stranded by the roadside. Keeping a regular check on these elements can help to prevent future damage.
As you can see, maintaining your car is important if you want to take care of your automotive investment. If you have decided that it is time to sell your car, Kiwi Cash for Cars is here to assist.
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