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6 Commandments for Long-Lasting Cars

On Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Owning a car is a big commitment. With so many things that can go wrong and so many things that we need to keep an eye on, there is no wonder that it can sometimes seem like we are pouring money into our motors. However if properly looked after our cars need not cost the earth. The most expensive costs for cars are those that could have been avoided if we’d just been a little bit more vigilant with them.

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So if you are looking for the top rules on how to properly look after a car, then read on. To follow are the top 6 car care commandments, which will help you to avoid forking out for damaged cars and cars that are in need of some serious TLC. A little bit of love, often, is a much cheaper strategy, when it comes to our cars, than a lot of love, not very often. So read on for how to go about that and how to keep your car’s healthy, happy and running safely for many years to come.

  1. Birds Are The Enemy

They may sound lovely in the morning and they may look pretty in the trees, but they are the devil when it comes to our cars. Any cars that have to be regularly parked underneath trees and bird-perfect ledges, will know the problems that they can cause when it comes to keeping our cars in tip top condition.

As birds mainly eat berries and seeds, what they excrete is acidic, which is bad news for our cars and their paintwork. Leaving bird droppings on a car for too long will lead to erosive paint work, that even a professional won’t be able to sort out for you, unless you intend to pay for a full-on paint job. So basically, if you see any bird mess on your car, clean it up as soon as you see it, or face a really expensive paint job later on down the road.

  1. Dodgy Parking Can Be Expensive

It is all too tempting to try and squeeze into that really convenient parking space. Even though you know that you are far too close to the back end of that other car. Or even though you are mere inches away from the driver’s seat door on the other side. Lack of time and the constant search for convenience can lead us to make some seriously bad decisions when it comes to parking our cars.

Coming back to find dents in our doors, where heavy handed drivers have clumsily opened their doors straight out onto ours. Back and front bumpers having taken a beating from people trying to squeeze out of the tight spaces that we have forced them into, with our bad parking, tends to have a very clumsy driving effect on them. We wonder why!

Coming back to dents, scratches and damage to our car is incredibly frustrating, and most of the time they can be avoided by just spending a little more time looking for parking spaces that are not quite so tight and that perhaps just require an extra five minutes walk into town.

  1. Interior Spillages Devalue Cars

Spilling liquids and sauces into the upholstery of our cars can rear up all sorts of problems later on down the road. The interiors of cars are really important when it comes to the buying and selling of second hand cars, so car seats covered in dodgy looking stains can be a major turn off for buyers, so you will be bringing down the value of your house every time you neglect a spill or stain.

There are many liquids that, if not dealt with, will kick off an awful stink in your car. Milk for example, if not dealt with at the time, will create an odour to your car, that you never thought imaginable. You have been warned. Spillages and stains are not be ignored.

  1. Safety Is Number One

The safety of our cars and of our driving is top of any list when it comes to cars and road safety. However you would be surprised how many people neglect even the most basic of common car safety. Regularly checking key car areas and organising regular car services is essential to your safety and to the longevity of your car. If you want to get your car serviced look around for a reliable car servicing company that you can trust and that you feel comfortable going back to on a regular basis. If you are unsure where to start with your car, then a mechanic is definitely the best place to start.

They will be able to advise you on the areas of your car that need special attention. They will also be able to educate you about the common areas of cars that need regular upkeep. Areas such as checking tyre pressure, replacing headlight bulbs when they begin to dim, replacing oil and water. The simple things that need to be kept on top of to avoid big accidents.

  1. Car Fluids Are Key

As briefly mentioned above, one of the most important things that we should be looking after are the fluids in our cars. We have all seen car windscreen wipers smearing filth and dirt across car window screens simply because there’s no washer fluid left. Not only is this unsightly and annoying it is also extremely dangerous if you are on the move at the time. Therefore something even as simple as keeping your washer fluid, oil and water, topped up is really important.

  1. Clean Your Car Yourself

We all know that sometimes there is just not enough time, and we just need to jump into that convenient car wash place. However this is not good enough on a regular or long term basis, as we should all be aiming to clean our cars ourselves and there is a very good reason for the required elbow grease.

Self-service jet wash places are a melting pot for grit and dirt that is going to scratch the hell out of your paintwork. Bristles and cloths will be full of grit from the other people dropping it carelessly on the floor, therefore just rolling those sleeves up and getting the job done yourself, with your own materials is much kinder to your car.

With the above 5 rules you should be well on your way to keeping your car in good condition, to ensure that it runs well, keeps you safe and can continue to happily ferry you around for a good few years to come.

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