Collaborative Post¦ In years gone by, the general rule of thumb was that a car would run well for around 100000 miles before serious things would start to go wrong. Perhaps less if you drive long distances regularly, and didn’t look after it, and more if you were a careful driver. But, around that mark, you could expect MOTs to start costing more and to see more of your engine warning light. This is the time when most people would start to think about replacing their car, as they’d know that it was about to start costing them more.
But, that’s no longer the case. Most modern cars could comfortably get you to 200000 as long as you treat them right and look after them well. Here are some tips to help you to get the most out of your vehicle.
Very few of us can afford to buy a brand new car, which means that when you get it, it’s already got miles on the clock and it’s been driven by someone else. That vehicles countdown has already got going, and you had no control over it.
That’s why it’s so important that you take the time to find the right pre-owned vehicle. Buying from a trusted dealer like https://www.universal-car-credit.com/used-cars is a fantastic start. But, even then, buy as new as you can afford, look for something with less than 50000 miles on the clock if possible, and get a full service and previous driver history before making your decision.
So many of us are guilty of ignoring niggles with our cars until they become a bigger problem. We don’t take it to the garage until it won’t start, even though the warning signs have been there for a long time.
Listening to your car, taking it for a checkup as soon as a warning light comes on, or it starts to sound or feel a little different can help you to spot big problems before they cause further damage and become more expensive.
Believe it or not, keeping your car clean and tidy can help to make it last longer. A clean vehicle is less likely to rust, leaves and mulch won’t get into the engine or other workings, and you’ll take greater pride in it. You are more likely to drive carefully if you take the time to look after your car’s appearance.
Driving too fast, taking corners too sharply and breaking too hard can lead to damage. If you drive like this, and you push your car to its limits, wear and tear will start to show much sooner than if you drove more carefully. Drive slowly, apply the brakes in plenty of time, or try to control your speed, so that you don’t brake as often, and take corners slowly and your car won’t be put under the same pressure.
You should get your car serviced regularly, which should include oil and filter changes. But, you also need to keep an eye on things like tyre pressure and fluid levels. Topping up when it’s needed will help your car to run better, and more efficiently. Read https://www.autumnsmummyblog.com/2018/10/10/tips-fuel-last-longer/ for more tips of efficiency.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
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