Cars not only get us from A to B, but they’re also a source of enjoyment for a lot of us. But just like all things with moving parts, cars perform best when carefully taken care of. A well-managed vehicle is more enjoyable to ride in, runs more smoothly, and has an increased resale value when compared to those that have been neglected.
So how do we make sure our cars are in tip top shape at all times? Here are a few tips.
- Don’t overdo it. Many don’t know this, but cars need a little bit of time to warm up before one is to start driving. It is recommended to let your car’s engine warm up for at least 30-60 seconds before you start driving. Additionally, once you get going, try to avoid revving your engine until it’s oil is at least 65 degrees Celsius. All of the above will help to reduce unnecessary engine wear.
- Watch for warning signs. Yellow lights on your dashboard serve as early warning signs that something should be resolved within the near future. Red lights mean there are immediate issues, so be sure to get your car looked at straight away if you see them.
- Take care of the exterior. The harsh South African sun can be hard on your vehicle, so try your best to keep it parked under some form of cover on sunny days. On the other hand, long exposure to rain is also not great for the exterior of your vehicle (hello, rust!) so you will also want to keep your car parked under cover during the wet months. Make sure to repair any glass damage or paint chip immediately, and consider taking some extra time to wax the exterior of your car and its rims to help keep them cleaner for longer.
- Interior upkeep. One you’ve got the exterior clean and ready to go, you will want to do the same to the interior. Make sure you routinely wipe down the dashboard, steering wheel and any other plastic of leather areas to avoid them ageing prematurely or cracking.
- Watch your oil levels. Cars need frequent and routine oil changes, so you will want to make sure you keep up them. However, going for oil changes does not mean your job is done. Check your dipstick regularly to make sure your levels are okay, and top up your oil at home between oil changes if you need to. Make sure you have the right type, though, and be careful not to overfill it!
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find everything you will need for vehicle upkeep close to home.