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Advice on How to Look After Your Car

Looking after you’re car doesn’t mean just taking it down to the car wash on a Sunday afternoon. There’s a little more to it. Here at McLaren Accident Repair & MOT Centre, we’ve provided 5 bits of advice on how to look after your car.

Keep the Bodywork Clean

The body work is the first tell-tale sign of how looked after a car is. Dents and scratches can be quickly and efficiently be repaired by a car bodyshop, however it’s wise to regularly wash your car to get rid of road salts which can cause paint to erode. After washing your vehicle, protect your bodywork with a layer of wax. This is a great way of guarding your actual paintwork against every day wear and tear.

Watch Out For Dashboard Messages

If you have an error message or warning light that doesn’t go out, it’s best not to ignore it. Not giving it any attention may lead to bigger and more expensive problems. Especially when it comes to the engine management light being ignored.

Check Your Cambelt Schedule

Cambelts are usually changed every 60,000 to 80,000 miles, depending on your vehicle. Check for specific details in your vehicle manual. Not changing a cambelt can lead to major damage being caused to your engine. Definitely something you want to avoid!

Service Your Car Regularly

Cars usually need to be serviced once a year, and may benefit from an oil and filter change at the halfway point of the service, especially the car is in regular use. It depends on the mileage you have done and the condition of your oil. Using the dipstick near your car engine, check for oil that is quite clear and not too dark and smells burnt. To check exactly what needs servicing and at what milestones, refer to your car service manual. Always remember to take your service book along with you to the garage, so they can stamp it.

Check Your Car before a Long Journey

We are all guilty of setting out on a long journey with no checks at all. However, a few simple checks may mean less damage if something went wrong with your car.

  • Check all tyre pressures, including your spare tyre if you have one. Inflate these to the values recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Check the oil level and ensure it is above minimum and below maximum.
  • Check the water level. Take necessary precautions and only do this when the engine is cold.
  • Last but not least, if you have breakdown cover, make sure you have all the details with you.