In the back old days, the owner of the car was lucky if he/she may keep a car on the road for 100,000 kilometres. Today the situation is completely different. A lot of advanced manufacturing, high quality parts and fluids are keeping the cars on roads for a longer period of time than ever before. It means it’s easier to find a good used car and make it last forever. But if you don’t pay attention and take care of your vehicle, it won’t last nearly as long as it should.
Here are some tips to help you keep your used car on the road longer and save money at the same time.
If a vehicle isn’t driven for an extended length of time, the battery will degrade and go flat. If your battery does go flat, having to jump start a car puts more strain on the battery and might destroy the engine management system and other delicate electronics, such as a double-whammy of increased wear. Regular cleaning of gunk from battery terminals. Also, regular use of a battery trickle charger, can help extend the life of your battery, too. To look after your battery without a trickle charger, you should try to drive your car at least once a week if possible, especially in winters.
Top up car fluids regularly
Fluids are car’s lifeblood and failing to replenish them may have direct consequences. Check your engine oil once in a while by opening the bonnet (with your car on level ground) and removing the dipstick.
Oil and air filter become clogged over time, thus it’s vital to renew them often. They must be replaced as part of regular car servicing, however, both are comparatively simpler jobs, particularly an air filter swap. So you might give it a try yourself and save money in the process.
Check internal parts
Internal parts include connectivity, air condition, etc. When you test drive a used car, you’ll want to bring any connected devices along for the ride that you'd plan to use with your new ride. Whether connected by USB cable or Bluetooth, ensure that each connected device perform proper operations like phone calls and media playback.
Replace spark plugs and leads
As cars become even more complicated, riders are understandably less inclined to do their own servicing. But, replacement of spark plugs and high-tension leads is other straightforward job which you'll be able to do by your own to optimize your engine's performance. A spark plug in a poor condition either indicates wear and tear over time and needs replacing or may hint at the condition of your engine.