74 Car Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Car | Reader's Digest

If you’re anything like us, your car will mean a lot to you – and much more than simply getting from A to B. Maintaining a car can be expensive, but there are several things you can do to bring down the cost and reduce the chances of hefty repair bills. Here are a few tips… 

Drive sensibly

Okay, let’s start with the boring one: driving your car sensibly is the number-one way to ensure your car stays at its best. Follow best practices, don’t speed too frequently, and the chances are that your car won’t require as much maintenance like new tyres. If you’re too rough with your car or don’t treat it in the way you should, the chances are that your garage bills are going to add up, and make owning and running a motorcar an expensive job.

Don’t skip MOTs and servicing

Another obvious one that’s worth mentioning: no matter how frustrating they might be, especially in the winter months when finances are tightened, you mustn’t forget about your servicing and MOTs. Sure, MOTs are cheap and a legal requirement, so they’re harder to ignore, but servicing is equally as crucial as it ensures your car is running in the way you want it to. Don’t skimp – it’s an annual expense that could save you money in the long-run and most importantly, it ensures your vehicle is safe and operating in the manner it should.

Keep it clean

When did you last clean your car? Regularly washing the interior and exterior of your car will keep it looking its best and ensure issues such as rust don’t occur. Spending some time up close and personal with your car can also help you spot potential issues with things such as your exhaust, and also ensure dings and scratches are identified and dealt with promptly. 

Don’t overlook issues

Light appearing on your car? Don’t overlook it: head to a Nottingham diagnostics company and ensure issues are identified and dealt with as soon as possible. It can be so tempting to hear a strange sound or see a new light pop up on your dashboard and put it off for a few weeks, but that could make the issue worse and make it more expensive in the long run. Be sensible and ensure your car is well looked after, and the chances are, it’ll look after you too.

Work with the professionals

Whenever you’re having work done on your car, make sure you work with a reputable company that knows what they’re doing. Sure, your mate might be able to do something on the cheap, but if they’re not properly qualified or insured, it could work out more expensive. 


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