- Posted 24 Feb
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You’ve just bought a new car and you’re excited. It has that new car smell and drives like a dream…
But if you don’t look after your new car properly, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare.
If looked after properly, most late-model cars will be able to go over 200,000 kms with good, regular maintenance.
Follow our tips below to ensure that your car looks and runs like it’s brand new for a lot longer than normal.
#1: Regular engine oil checks
If you want to ensure your new car runs like a dream, check the engine oil every month. You’ll need to make sure that your car is parked on level ground to get the best dipstick reading.
If you notice any oil leaks or see that you need to add oil regularly, then you should get it checked out by a mechanic and fixed as soon as possible.
Oil leaks, left unchecked, can cause major damage to your cars engine.
#2: Regular tyre checks
When you’re checking your engine oil, check your tyre air pressure as well. If you’re planning a long road trip, make sure the tyre pressure in the spare tyre as well.
The best time to check tyre pressure is when the tyres are cold (either before you drive it or after no more than a few kms of driving).
Don’t make the mistake of filling tyre pressure to what is embossed on the tyre. You should only fill to the vehicle manufacturer recommendations. You’ll often find this recommended tyre pressure printed inside the front door, glove box or the owner’s manual.
Check tyres for uneven wear and look for cuts and bulges in the sidewalls too.
If you notice that the tyres are wearing unevenly, then you might need an alignment done. Picking up on this early will ensure that your car runs at optimal capacity for a lot longer.
#3: Wash regularly
If you want your new car to look brand new all the time, wash it regularly. Once a week is ideal.
If you can’t wash it at home, there are plenty of self-washing stations throughout Australia for you to take advantage of.
Don’t forget to hose out grills and underneath the car as well, particularly if you’ve been to the beach or down dirt roads.
Always finish the car off with a hot wax and dry the car off before heading out into the harsh, Australian sun to avoid paint damage occurring unnecessarily.
#4: Other Things to Check
It goes without saying that you should be taking your car in for regular maintenance checks, at least every 3-6 months, depending on your car manufacturer’s recommendations.
During these maintenance checks, the following should be reviewed:
- Engine oil and filter
- Air filter
- CV boots and drive axles
- Exhaust system
- Car battery
A qualified mechanic will know what to do, but make sure that you check what type of maintenance is performed on your car, so that you’re aware too, so that nothing is missed.
If you’re looking to buy a new car and need help either locating one or getting the right car finance, contact the team at Australian Credit and Finance today.