Simple Car Care Techniques
Car care is pretty important if you plan to sell your car in the future, avoid too many repair bills and own a reliable vehicle.
Here’s some simple car care techniques and tips any car owner can use.
1. Tell you passengers to open the doors carefully.
This applies when opening a car door in a tight parking space and also when parked parallel to a kerb.
If you park next to a high footpath or embankment, chances are your car’s passenger doors will hit it if opened. The bottom, outer edge of the door could hit a high kerb.
This can cause scratches and/or mud, dirt or dampness to attach to the door, eventually finding their way inside.
Worse still, is when passengers enter an empty car.
If you park next to a high kerb and passengers open the door to enter the vehicle, the ride height will sink slightly due to their weight. This means a door might clear an obstacle when no passengers are inside, but when someone enters the car, it lowers the open door onto a kerb.
This can bend doors.
2. Replace your wipers if (when) they make a noise.
By “noise”, we mean severe and unpleasant scraping. Ideally, windscreen wipers should make no or minimal noise as they glide across the glass.
This kind of car care is easy to fix (and be reminded of). Dried or damaged wiper blades can not only scratch your glass, but also have limited effectiveness.
In other words, you’ll see streaks and missed water remaining on the glass.
Wipers are cheap and simple to replace. If you struggle replacing them, simply ask your autopart’s retailer for assistance – most even offer to replace them for you.
3. Check your tyre pressure
Firstly, if you’re not confident using the free air hoses at petrol stations, you’ll just need to stop by a tyre centre. Most will be able to check your pressure for free.
Tyre pressure affects fuel economy, the life of your tyres and the performance and handling of a car.
If you haven’t checked the pressure in a while, make some time to stop by a petrol station and check them soon.
Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. You’ll find the information located on the tyre placard, usually inside the driver’s door jamb.
4. Don’t park under trees
Although it’s tempting on a hot day, parking under trees can have consequences.
Leaves, sticks, petals, bird mess, sap all take a toll on cars. They can leave stains on paint if not cleaned away.
Furthemore, smaller leaves and twigs slide down windows, getting caught in between panels. This can cause mould and even rust in some cases.
5. Clean the car
The age old piece of car advice never misses a list of tips.
Keeping the interior of your car clean is important as mould can build up, affecting the air you breathe. Furthemore, buttons and switches can fail if too much dirt and grime builds up.
Keeping the insides of your windows clean also helps visibility, especially at night.
Give your car a vacuum when it gets dirty. Mud, food and drink spills and debris can permanently damage carpets and vinyls.
Most Australians spend a lot of time each week in their vehicles, even more than their living rooms in some cases! It makes sense to spend time in a clean environment.
The outside too.
If you’re unable to give your car a wash at home every now and then, simply take it through a drive through car wash.
Not only do clean cars look so much better than dirty cars, it’ll wash off the road pollution before it causes any paint damage.
6. If possible, avoid busy car park gauntlets
Parking near the door of a supermarket is convenient, but will it end up costing you? Good car care can mean smart parking too.
Car park dings make up a large portion of insurance claims and auto repair jobs.
It may mean doing your shopping at less-busy times or parking further away from the doors but it could save you returning to your vehicle only to find a fresh battle wound.
Your insurance may cover it, but is it worth making a claim, waiting for it to settle and getting repairs done, just to save a minute’s walk?
7. Pay attention to your service logbook
Your car should have a service logbook detailing when (time and mileage) your car is scheduled for a service and past records.
Manufacturers spend huge amounts of time and money testing when, exactly, their products need servicing. Ignoring service intervals can result in expensive repairs, lower resale values and voiding your warranty.
At the end of the day
Car care starts and ends with the owner of the vehicle. Make sure you don’t make simple (and avoidable) mistakes that could end up costing you big money.
This means repairs and low resale values. Almost all car buyers know to check a service logbook and the overall health and condition of a car.
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