How to Keep Your Old Car in Decent Shape


Is your car getting old? Don’t worry, it probably has lots of life left in it yet. But you will need to know how to keep it in decent shape.

Change the Oil

All car experts and manufacturers agree that it’s essential to change the car’s oil every so often. You have two options when it comes to changing your oil. It is possible to buy the oil and change it yourself. If you do this, use a synthetic oil like Mobil 1. 

Or you could take your car to a mechanic and let them change the oil for you. If you don’t know what you’re doing, letting a professional do it is probably the most sensible option to go for. I’d recommend changing the oil every 5000 to 6000 miles you do on the road.

Rotate the Tyres

Tyres don’t suffer wear and tear evenly. Depending on what type of car you have and where you drive it, the tyres will wear at different rates. To make sure that they all stay in the same condition, you should rotate the tyres every few months. 

It might be a hassle, but it’s the best way to make sure your tyres last as long as they possibly can. It’s also important to keep the tyre pressure at the correct level. Low tyre pressure can lead to an increased likelihood of you being involved in a crash.



Maintain the Interiors

Most drivers and car enthusiasts tend to focus on the outside of the car and the mechanical aspects when they’re looking for ways to maintain their car. But, if you ask me, the car’s interiors are just as important. No, the interiors don’t affect how the car drives or how it looks when people pass it by. But it does affect your driving experience and how much it might be worth when it comes to selling the car. Without well maintained and clean interiors, the car won’t retain its value in the long-term.

Regular MOT Checks

MOTs are a vital part of the car maintenance process. Every car is required to have MOTs carried out to judge whether it’s still roadworthy or not. Don’t be tempted to skip these checks. They’re vital for keeping the car in good shape. 

Yes, they might highlight problems with the car that will cost money to fix. But it’s best to have these problems sorted rather than let them get worse over time. You can find a local MOT tester easily enough, so don’t put it off for too long or you might regret it.

Store it Carefully

Where you park your car when you’re not behind the wheel is something that you should think about carefully. It's not usually a very good idea to keep the car parked on the road. Anything can happen to it there; cars can hit it or scrape it as they pass. It’s not a good idea to park it under a tree either because the branches can fall and damage it. 

If you have a garage, clear out the junk and park your car in there. If you don't have one, find one nearby that you can rent out. It will be a good investment if it keeps your car safe.

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