Our car is our pride and joy. It may seem silly to some, but we grow seriously attached to our motors. And just like with anything we love, it’s important to show it the proper care and attention it deserves. Here are a few ways to keep your car looking its best at all times.
Keep Your Tyres Inflated
Have you ever been caught off-guard by the awkward observation of a stranger – “your tyres are looking a little flat.” If so, you’ll know there’s nothing more dehumanising than to know you let it slip through your radar. Proper tyre maintenance is often overlooked in comparison to the aesthetics of our vehicles, but it’s just as important.
You should get in the habit of checking the pressure of your tyres every morning. That way you know that you’ll need to stop off to get them pumped up on the way home from work. It’s also important to replace your tyres when they’re showing signs of balding. Bald tyres are not only dangerous, but they’re also illegal.
Clean The Windows Regularly
There’s nothing more off-putting than a shiny new car with dull and dirty windows. Don’t be that guy. Make sure that all your windows and mirrors are gleaming at all times. That doesn’t just go for your front, back and sides either. Don’t overlook your wing or rear-view mirrors either. If you find a crack forming, it doesn’t spell the end of your window if you catch it early enough. Most of the time, you’ll be able to fix it easily with a windscreen chip repair. This is considerably less expensive than having to replace your entire windscreen, so always be on the lookout and don’t leave it too long.
Clean Car Seats Regularly
Don’t forget the seats! Keeping these clean will help your car smell nice and when you come to sell, nobody wants scruffy seats. Ever wondered how you get a milk smell out of a car then check out advice here.
Maintain the Paintwork
The body of your car is arguably its most important aspect. This is what makes people’s heads turn as you drive past them in the street. It’s what makes your car personal to you
Keeping the paintwork gleaming should be your utmost priority, at least as far as your car’s looks are concerned. Take it through the car wash regularly to make sure there is no build-up of dirt. If you’ve accidentally clipped something when parking, get that dent seen to immediately. There are few things worse than seeing a car’s beautifully crafted bodywork scratched. Getting it seen to is generally inexpensive, and most companies like Dent Removal 247 won’t charge you unless they fix the problem.
Check Fluids Often
When it comes to the fuel your car needs to survive; the buck doesn’t stop at changing the oil and topping up the gas. There’s an awful lot more to consider – brake fluid, windshield wash, water and power steering fluid to name just a few. You should check these about once a week. There’s really no excuse for neglecting this. Provided you keep on top of it, it doesn’t need to become a big job. And replacement bottles are readily available at garages, supermarkets, or online. Just think; would you rather take care of it now, or when you’ve broken down on the way home?
Weigh Up Your Needs with Your Finances
We’re often worried about haggling, but it’s something that you should always try. Even if you’re not very good at it, you might still be able to knock a bit of money off the price of the car. Don’t be afraid to start with a significantly lower opening offer than the dealer wants. They probably won’t accept this low offer, but it’ll show that you’re serious about getting the car at a reduced rate. They’ll then come back with a lower offer, and the haggling process will be well under way.
For many buyers, this is the only way to get your hands on your dream car. We wholeheartedly recommend browsing the used market. We’ve picked up some fantastic bargains ourselves, including a stunning Mercedes at motorlinedirect.co.uk. However, it’s not all plain sailing on the used market. Buyers are easily overcome by the luxury badge, and forget to check the condition. It might have a low price tag, but luxury cars are seriously expensive to maintain and repair. By all means, buy a used luxury car, but avoid the following pitfalls at all costs.
Follow this advice, and you’ll make a sensible investment. Follow your heart, but listen to your head too!
Every year around 6 million used cars change hands. Most of these sales run smoothly, going off without a hitch so both the seller and buyer end up happy with the transaction. However, sometimes problems can occur, so it pays to think carefully about the best place to go when looking for a second-hand car.
You’ve probably driven past parked cars with a ‘For Sale’ sign and price in the window. Some people list used cars in local newspapers and the internet is becoming increasingly popular. You can find private sellers everywhere but however you find them, you should always take care before completing a purchase.
Private sellers are only legally obliged to have the right to actually sell the vehicle, to make sure it is roadworthy (unless it is being sold specifically for spares or scrap) and to give an accurate description of the vehicle, which is usually ‘sold as seen’. It’s generally a good idea to have a vehicle checked out by an independent mechanic. As well as a thorough mechanical inspection, you should get a car history check to help rule out problems such as buying a car that has been stolen, or which still has debt attached.
Car auctions can be another great way to pick up bargains, but they’re not recommended for the inexperienced. The terms and conditions of an auction can vary but, as with a private seller, a vehicle will usually be sold as seen. Some auctions may also include guarantees or warranties for an extra fee, but these will usually be limited as to what they cover. You will have the opportunity to inspect the car before bidding so make sure you know exactly what to look for on the bodywork and under the bonnet, or take somebody who does.
Dealers and used car programmes can be a far safer solution when it comes to buying quality used cars. You might pay slightly more but there are several benefits. Firstly, there’s likely to be a larger choice, meaning you are more likely to find a specific car if that’s what you’re after. Dealers are also bound by the Sale of Goods Act and the requirements of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations. Dealers must prepare a vehicle before sale, which will mean checking the mileage has not been tampered with and running checks to ensure it has not been stolen. Many dealers will also offer their own range of guarantees, warranties and mechanical and other checks.