The following is a guest post.
Cars are never immortal, but the same models can last very different amounts of time when driven by different people. And if you have just spent £30,000 on your brand new Mercedes or Grand Cherokee after a whole month spent searching for cars online, you might as well want your vehicle to last as long as possible. We have listed here our top 5 tips to maintain your car in great conditions for a long time after the initial investment.
- Be a careful, sensible driver
Remember that sudden accelerations in the first twenty minutes of drive have a more detrimental effect on the engine than later on. You won’t need to put the engine to the test every time you’re heading to the supermarket: because of this, driving within the limits will not only boost safety and help you avoid fines, but it will also be the most immediate way to maintain a healthy engine through time. As a little trick, remember to shift to neutral at red lights: this way you’ll give both the engine and the clutch a refreshing break.
- Remember the importance of break-in period
Not many drivers know that there is an initial period during which it is recommended to drive at lower speeds and be even more careful drivers. For the first 1000 miles after buying a new car, speed should be kept below 55 mph and acceleration should be quite light, too. By avoiding to carry heavy weights, you will also minimise chances of stressing the engine during break-in period.
- Take the right precautions for long-term storage
You’re going away on holiday for a few weeks, or you’re going to try and use public transport instead for a little while? Don’t leave your car in the garage for more than a month without following a few preliminary measures first.
Firstly, the gas tank should be filled as to avoid condensation within it, and the car should successively be put on jack stands to take the weight off the wheels. Parking brake should always be left disengaged, while the battery should be disconnected and removed as to avoid draining.
- Change oil regularly
Oil is a vital element in keeping a healthy engine: oil is effective in cleaning abrasive dirt and metal particles, provided it is topped up frequently. To stay on the safe side, change oil more frequently than producers suggest: the cleanliness of your engine will benefit greatly, and so will its performance and life span.
- Be aware of the sun
The sun’s ultraviolet rays have a detrimental effect on your car’s colour and brightness. Preventing the body panels from losing their initial spark is as simple as deciding to park in the shade and leaving your car in the garage during hot summer days. If no natural shade is available, car covers are affordable and easy to apply.