Your car, like any other major investment you make needs to be taken care of and nurtured so that when the time comes to get rid of your investment you are not taking a risk. However, your car is also an asset and any asset will depreciate from the moment you buy it till you sell it. Car manufacturers have taken the time to study their products and come up with an estimate lifespan for your vehicle. This is just an estimate and can be more or less depending on your driving style, maintenance process and more. The guys at Event Tyres have come up with some helpful tips and checks to extend the lifespan of your car.
The first step to extending the lifespan of your car is not to wait until the warning lights come on, you should be checking your liquids often and topping them up as needed. It may sound a bit obvious, but if you notice that you are running low on fuel and you spot a petrol station then top up.
You should be performing checks on your lights at least once a month. Give all your exterior lights a decent clean every couple of weeks or more if you are driving around on muddy and dusty surfaces. Remember to check for broken or cracked light bulbs and replace as needed. To save some money on maintenance costs you can check in your owner’s manual for the bulb specifications and purchase online.
As with any electrical device, the system needs to be checked ever so often. The most important part of every electrical component is the battery, they can be the number one cause of breakdowns at any time of the year. If you have owned your car for a while, then it is always a clever idea to renew before it lets you down or causes damage to other parts of your car leaving you with unforeseen repair costs.
Tyres and Wheels
You should be checking the integrity of your tyres at least once a fortnight. They are the most important aspect of your car, and should be taken care of appropriately. First your tyre pressure needs to be correct, over and under inflated tyres can cause potential problems for the brakes, suspension and grip. It is always advisable to invest in a portable gauge to avoid heading to a garage every time you think you might be under or over inflated.
The next port of call will be the tread depth, an easy 20p test can be taken by inserting a 20p coin into your tyre tread. Once inserted, if the band to the coin is still visible then, your tyres would have to be replaced. It’s worth noting that driving on underinflated tyres can contribute to losing control of the brakes and driving on overinflated tyres can increase wear on the tyres. If you suffer a breakdown whilst on the road then, you can call out a mobile tyre fitting team to get you on your way.