How to Keep Your Car in Peak Condition | By Kayla Reid
There are myriad ways to keep your car in peak condition. With regular maintenance, sensible driving and the occasional deep clean, you will arguably be able to hang on to your treasured set of wheels for many years to come. However, should you opt to part with your used car, your consistent care will pay dividends by improving its resale value at the end of the day.
Consistent care will pay dividends
The first and most important rule of thumb is to maintain and service your car on a regular basis. All vehicle manufacturers generally set out a maintenance plan and will recommend full services either on a time or mileage basis. An oil change, for instance should be conducted every 3 months or 3000 km, whereas the brake fluid probably needs a change after 2 years or 24 000km.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
It’s always a good idea to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to the letter, even as far as using the suggested brand of oil. Drivers who choose a cheaper alternative may find themselves in hot water as the manufacturer is entitled to negate your warranty simply because you have not followed their recommendations.
It’s imperative to keep all maintenance records in a safe place. These records are the only proof that you have consistently cared for your car and will be scrutinised by prospective buyers.
The vehicle identification number (VIN) report is effectively the career résumé of your car and will document everything pertaining to the motor vehicle from ownership to service records to its involvement in accidents. This MV-ID should be safeguarded at all costs; it is really the only proof you have that your car isn’t the proverbial lemon and without it you may well battle to find a buyer.
Beware of corrosive sea air
In areas like Cape Town where the corrosive sea air can lead to rust, it is important to keep the car not only free of salt deposits but to polish or wax it on a regular basis. This protective coating will keep the colours vibrant and form a protective sheath over the entire vehicle.
Don’t eat, drink or smoke in your car and never leave those small problems to be dealt with “at another time”. Park your car in a garage or under cover, avoid rough roads and drive sensibly and you may be surprised at the longevity of your new or used car.
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