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Every car owner wants to get the most out of their car, but over time, they tend to lose interest and it becomes evident from the car’s appearance and performance. The suspension rattles when driven through potholes, the knocking sound coming from under the hood, the steering feels heavy and disoriented – all of this makes their car look older than its age.
If you love your car and want it to last or at least age gracefully, here are a few simple things you can do.
Drive with care
This is an obvious piece of advice that most car owners fail to follow because there are no defined parameters of driving carefully. Driving with care means using the clutch gently, driving slowly through potholes and over speed breakers, avoid hard braking unless needed. All of this boils down to driving within the speed limits. While you cannot increase your car’s life beyond a certain point, but you can at least let it depreciate slowly.
Get it serviced on time
No matter how carefully you drive, your car needs to be serviced at least once a year or every 10k miles, whichever is earlier. Our Petersham mechanic recommends regular oil and filter change and underbelly inspection of the car to strike out any possibility of damage or rust. A regular service also includes wheel alignment to prolong the life of tyres.
Unless you drive a sports car, you must understand that your car isn’t designed to run continuously at high RPMs. Therefore, it shouldn’t be redlined. Not only will it reduce fuel efficiency, but the engine will also become more susceptible to overheating and premature wear and tear.
If you have been following these tips already and your car is in great condition despite the fact that it’s nearing registration expiry, you can use our pink slip inspection service to apply for the renewal and keep the car with you for another tenure.