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Keeping your car running as smoothly as possible

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Owning a car and keeping it running well can sometimes sound very daunting, but it isn’t that hard. There are a few things that you should keep an eye on at regular intervals to ensure that you are getting the best performance possible out of your car, as well as making sure that you know that your car is in good working order.

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 We’ve compiled a handy list of our top tips and things to check:

Do not run out of fuel!


Perhaps the most important factor - make sure that your car always has petrol or diesel in the tank. Ensure that you have enough for the journey you are about to embark on before you set off. Get into good habits; fill or top up with fuel when your gauge needle drops below the quarter of a tank mark. This will make sure that you always have enough fuel for whatever life throws at you, including that 30 mile detour due to road works! 

Check your tyres


This should be done regularly - a good rule of thumb is every 2 or 3 weeks. Ensure that you check the shape of the tyre, the condition in general, the tyre pressure, and the tread depth. It is also a good idea to check out the condition of your spare – you never know when you might need to use it, and you do not want to get caught out with a flat spare!

Remember your services


Many people think that services are not necessary and are just another expense, but having a service once a year is actually a very good investment. Services check all of the main issues, oils and filters for example, as well as giving you a stamp in your owner’s handbook. This means that when you come to sell your vehicle it will have a “full service history”, and you can use that to your advantage. Just ensure that the service, or indeed any work carried out on your car, is done at a reputable garage and to the manufacturer’s specification and standards. 

 Do some light reading


Take the time to read the handbook for your car. It might sound like a boring job, but you will be surprised at how many things you will learn from it, including driving tips to get the best performance.

 Keep a spare key


These days, cars generally come with two keys, but if you are buying second hand and your car does not come with a spare, consider getting one cut. Ideal for emergencies, such as locking your key in the car, breaking or losing it – a spare could save you a lot of money. However, make sure you keep your spare key safe - keep it hidden in a draw, or in a safe if you have one. Do not keep it on your key hook where burglars could easily find it!

Make sure everything is topped up


Using the handbook to guide you, make sure that all of the fluid levels in your car are topped up. This means oil, water, engine coolant, and windscreen wash for example. By the time a red warning light comes on, the damage may have already been done. 

Lights equal action


If a warning light comes on the dashboard and stays on, seek advice from your handbook. If it is persistent and stays on after re-starting the engine, ensure that you get your car looked at as quickly as possible. If not, they do have the tendency to get worse!

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