- Posted 10 Oct
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If you own a car, you understand that it should be kept in road-worthy condition at all times. That means it should always be fit to drive, as your car needs to be ‘fit’ for a number of things like vehicle registration renewal, for when you want to sell your car, and other things.
If your car is found to be rusting and beat up, it’s most likely that it won’t get the green light on any of these things and you’ll be stuck owning a car that costs a lot of money and doesn’t give you anything in return.
We think it’s important to always be proactive about car maintenance. When you’re buying a car, you always look for quality. If a car has a lot of problems, you will not consider car finance for it, be it through a car lease or loan. So it’s only logical to assume that other people think the same way too.
Car enthusiasts probably already know how to take care of their cars. If you’re not an enthusiast, however, you might need a nudge in the right direction.
Here’s our list of top 5 tips to keep your car road-worthy at all times:
- Check the A, B and C of your car. These stand for accelerator, brakes and clutch. These are perhaps the most important parts of a car. A fault in these parts can mean death for you, your family and any other passenger you might have in your car. These three parts should be checked on a regular basis to avoid accidents at all costs. A jammed brake line can be fatal; it would never get past the expert eyes of the mechanic’s looking at your car for registration renewal or resell clearance.
- Check the engine. This is the power centre of your car and it needs to be operating in good condition. Check for oil leaks and any frequent overheating in the engine. If any of the pipes burst or the car stutters and stops frequently, it’s time to get a professional mechanic to repair your car.
- Make sure the interior is in good condition. Any part in the interior, if left loose or unsecure, could dislodge and cause multiple issues, such as getting underfoot while driving or hitting a passenger. If any of the interior parts are in a flimsy condition, make sure to get them repaired to avoid any chance of injury.
- Test all wheels. This includes all tyres and your steering wheel. Check the air pressure of all tyres on a monthly basis to make sure they meet manufacturer recommended levels. Any tearing or damage should be repaired as soon as it’s discovered in order for the car to be safe and road-worthy. You should also check that the steering wheel works properly without getting jammed while on a drive.
- See that all the lights work. Brake lights, headlights, parking lights (front and rear) and indicators, among other things, should always be undamaged and in full working condition. If any of these are broken, you’ll get pulled aside by traffic cops and your car will never pass a road-worthiness test of any sort. Make sure to get any damage or disrepair fixed as soon as possible.
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