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Guide to knowing the basics about your car

Guide to knowing the basics about your car

Posted On 29 Nov, 2017

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Getting accustomed to your new car can be daunting. We’ve all been there – you go to switch the windscreen wipers on and accidentally indicate left. To help you avoid these common pitfalls, we’ve created a guide summarising our own experiences in getting familiar with a new car.

Once you're sure you like the car, get to know its layout in a test drive situation. If you do go on to buy the car, this will pay dividends. There are schemes available like Hertz Rent2Buy which give you an extended rental period – effectively an extended test drive – and then waive the cost of this if you do go on to buy the car. This is perfect for ensuring the car is the right match for you. There are wide variety of brands available, including Fords for sale in the UK.

Once you’ve bought the car, spend some time sitting in going through the manual. Although it seems boring and you probably just want to go for a spin, it will save you from stalling when you come to stop, and realise that the handbrake has disappeared and been replaced with a button! Find out how to use the wipers, the heater for the windscreen, and reverse gear, which are all somewhat variable when dabbling in used cars.

Next, don’t be afraid to open up the bonnet. You might not want to try an advanced repair like replacing the cam belt, but getting to know how to check the oil levels and replace the wiper fluid are pretty simple, and save time and money compared to taking it to a garage. Most cars these days will have electronic indicators internally that check these levels, but it’s still beneficial to get familiar with them yourself.

Finally, don’t forget about your tyres. The tread can wear, and ideally you want to use winter tyres for icy conditions, but most importantly, correct tyre pressure is essential for safe driving and fuel efficiency. Consult the manufacturer’s manual for the optimum pressures, and invest in a tyre inflator with pressure gauge, so you never get caught out.

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