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Expert Tips

Ditch the dealer

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to take your new car back to your dealer for servicing, to maintain its new car warranty. You have the freedom to take your car anywhere, provided your mechanic is qualified, registered and uses quality parts as specified by the manufacturer's log book– then your warranty remains intact.

5 ways to look after your car while you're not using it as much

Your car won’t be getting as much use at the moment, but it’s still important to make sure it’s kept in a good condition.

  1. If your car is parked outside you should consider getting a car cover for extra protection
  2. Check tyre pressures – look at your vehicle handbook to check the pressure you need
  3. Drive your car for at least 20 minutes once every two weeks
  4. You could disconnect the battery if you don’t intend to use your car at all
  5. Check your wiper blades haven’t deteriorated

Auto services are still open for business and taking extra precautions to make sure your car is clean and safe after it has been serviced, so now would be a good time to have that long overdue service done. This way, your car will stay fit and healthy and when distancing rules are relaxed, the last thing you need is a car that won’t start!

Clear the air

Think of your air filter as the lungs of your car. If it’s clogged up with dust, it will be letting dirty air into your engine, reducing its performance. The more stop-start driving you do the more often it’ll need a change.

Seeing clearly?

For safety, wiper blades should be changed at least once a year – and sooner if you’re having trouble seeing through your windscreen properly. Make sure that the blades are high-quality and use clean water and windscreen-washer additive. Don't use household detergents as they can damage your paintwork and wiper blades.

Clunky cornering

While you are driving, your car makes many noises, most of which are perfectly normal. But if you hear a clunking or creaking sound while turning, it could be broken or worn out CV joints. If they are severly worn, they can even disintegrate while you are driving making you unable to drive your car, or even lose control. If you suspect this is happening, get them checked as soon as possible.

Don’t kill your car!

As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. It's also better than sitting by the side of the road with your broken down car, waiting for the tow truck to arrive! Having your car serviced on a regular basis will be cheaper than the cost of major repairs caused by neglect. There are all sorts of ways to damage your car and these include ignoring strange noises and driving for too long between services.

Squealing brakes

If you can hear a loud screeching sound when braking it’s a warning sign that new brake pads are needed, or at the very least require inspection to make sure they are safe. If you hear a grinding noise it means that metal is rubbing against metal and it’s likely that the brake pads have been worn down completely.

Time for an (oil) change

The oil and filter in your engine should be changed every 6-12 months depending on your vehicle’s make and age. But if you tow a trailer, frequently stop and start in traffic or make lots of short trips without letting your engine warm up, it could mean that your car will require more frequent oil changes. Make sure you follow your mechanic’s interval recommendations regarding oil and filter changes to avoid expensive repairs to your vehicle.

Check your battery

If it is taking longer than usual to start your car, it’s a sign that your battery could be reaching the end of its life. And if you notice the battery case is cracked or swollen, or you see battery acid leaking, it will definitely need testing and possibly replacing. A car battery generally lasts from 3-5 years. However, driving habits and frequent short trips can shorten its life. The best way to avoid a flat battery is to keep an eye on it and have it inspected yearly when it reaches the three-year-mark.