New cars are always going to be desirable. With their fancy safety features, entertainment systems and swanky looks it’s no wonder of us covet brand new vehicles. However a new or even nearly new car is way out of budget for most of us, and if you want the independence of being able to drive and own your own car- sometimes it can mean settling for an older model. But it’s not always a bad thing, older cars can be more unreliable, but in general, these are powerful machines built to last. Look after them correctly, and your old car can keep going for years. Here’s what you can do to maintain it.
Making sure the oil and filter are both topped up and replaced is one of the most beneficial ways to maintain your older car. It’s no problem if you’re not sure how to do this yourself as any car garage can tackle the job in five minutes. The oil prevents the moving parts of the car from creating friction, plus it absorbs the heat created. That way, all of the internal parts to work together properly without overheating. Over time, engine oil breaks down and wears out making it less effective, so if you regularly replacing the oil, it will maintain your car’s engine.
There are a number of other fluids in your car which you need to keep an eye on. The same applies to any vehicle regardless of age, but especially so in older cars. For example, you can’t use organic acid technology coolant in a pre- 21st-century car since it can cause leak problems in older of engines- if you’re unsure your local car garage or mechanic will be able to give you advice. And of course, with any car you need to ensure that the washer fluid and brake fluid levels are topped up. Not all older cars have power steering, but if yours does there will be a separate reservoir for this too.
Taking your car to be services regularly means that any problems are spotted early on before they’re able to develop into larger and more expensive ones. Since older models can be more unreliable and more likely to develop issues, it’s particularly important. Instead of going to a generic garage, your car’s manufacturer will be able to do the best job on this, even if it is a little pricier. Whether it’s a German car servicing for your Audi, Volkswagen or BMW or a garage for your specific car model they will have all of the codes and parts needed which other garages could struggle to get- especially when it comes to older models. Plus, with genuine parts rather than generic, they’re likely to last longer too.
Your car might be older, but it should still look nice. It’s recommended that you washing and waxing your car at least four times a year which will help to keep the paintwork nice and shiny. It will also keep it free of rust and debris which can damage the paint. It’s important that you clean underneath and in the wheel wells, as this is where mud can accumulate and start to cause rust. Never use dishwashing liquid or other detergents as these can damage the paintwork. Invest in a good car cleaning shampoo, if you buy a car cleaning kit, it will have wax, cloths and everything else you need too.