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Nowadays almost every household has at least one car. Passing your driving test is a right of passage and buying your first car is something you will remember forever. All the driving lessons and tests teach you how to drive and be safe whilst driving. BUT one thing they don’t teach you is how to keep your car in new condition. Knowing how to keep your car in new condition not only keeps it road safe but can help keep some of the value in it too.
How to keep your car in new condition – MOT
This first tip is the one everyone knows about, keeping up to your MOT. This is a legal requirement and will check your car is safe to be on the road. If you are caught without a valid MOT you’ll get a £100 fixed penalty notice from the police or up to £1000 fine in court. Make sure you know when it is due and make your appointment in good time. You can quickly and easily check when your MOT is due here.
How to keep your car in new condition – service
Regular servicing isn’t a legal requirement but makes really good sense to do annually. A service can find any minor faults before they turn in to major (expensive) problems. At a service all the critical parts of your car are tested making sure they won’t let you down when you need them. Whilst it is easy to think servicing is expensive it will save money in the long run. Small wear and tear repairs are cheaper to fix and clean oil and air filters are better for fuel efficiency. Having a full service history also boosts the value of your car when you come to sell it. You will usually get an MOT and service deal so book it in at the same time your MOT is due.
How to keep your car in new condition – clean
Let’s be honest, cleaning your car isn’t the most exciting job in the world is it? But making sure you clean it once a month will keep it looking in new condition. An immaculate interior boosts the value of the car, so splash out on those boring but necessary car mats. Not cleaning it regularly will eventually attract dirt and grime that you can’t get rid of or even damage the interior and exterior. Make sure you clean all of the mirrors whilst you are doing it too, you need those! Wipe off any bird poop as soon as you notice it, it is acidic and can cause rusting if left.
How to keep your car in new condition – exhaust
Something not many people think to check regularly is their cars exhaust. If you notice an increase in the amount of petrol you are using or rattling there could be a fault with your exhaust. Make sure you book in a car exhaust inspection somewhere like Ossett Tyre House.
How to keep your car in new condition – Tyres
Make a habit of checking your tyre pressures once a month as well. Whilst you are filling them up with air check the condition of your tyres. Worn tyres are dangerous and face a fine if you are caught driving with them.
Keeping up to the maintenance, wear and tear and appearance is the best tips for how to keep your car in new condition, and for road safety too.
Do you have any other tips for keeping your car in new condition?
*This is a collaborative post with Ossett Tyre House .