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10 tips that can keep your car running longer

10 tips that can keep your car running longer

Posted On 15 Nov, 2017

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With these ten key tips on used car maintenance, you can make sure your car stays running for longer.

1. Get in the habit of driving economically and taking fewer short trips – you’ll save money on fuel and put less stress on the moving parts of the car.

2. The handbrake is your friend. Don’t be tempted to hold the car on the clutch at every stop – you will slowly reduce its life. Use the handbrake when you can.

3. Get to know your car’s manual and follow the recommended maintenance schedule, including services. Paying money now will save money later.

4. Find a local mechanic that you trust – use them not only for small fixes, but for general maintenance advice.

5. Rust is your enemy. Driving in winter will mean salt will creep in and ruin the chassis – it doesn’t matter how often you replace other parts, once the chassis is finished the car is too.

6. Be mindful of geography – driving in cities may (sometimes!) ensure the roads are better maintained, but if you’re driving in the Highlands for example, then the roads may be more remote, and potholes will go unfilled. For Scottish drivers out there, Hertz Rent2buy offers used cars in Glasgow that are less than 24 months old.

7. In summer, get things like belts and hoses checked – these can deteriorate in hot weather.

8. Don’t scrimp on oil. The premium stuff recommended by the manufacturer might seem expensive, but it’s the lifeblood of your car – scrimp here, and it’ll cost you in the long run.

9. If you intent to buy used cars, remember that older cars are harder to find parts for. You may have a hankering for that vintage Beetle, but when it's time to take it in for repair you may regret it!

10. Remember, some cars are simply better than others. Many cars are known for reliability – diesel VW Golfs for example.

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