Some Handy Car Maintenance Tips

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It’s often said that prevention is the best medicine. In the case of the car, this is also true. By looking after and maintaing your vehicle it should provide you with reliability and efficiency for many years to come. Below are some great tips for mainting your car and not only keep it running well, but also keep it looking nice too. These tips are also useful if you’ve just bought a used car and you’re unsure about the service history.

The most significant thing you can do to reduce the threat of failure would be to get your car serviced to producer’s program and specification. Beyond routine servicing the the following simple tests can help you to have safe, worry-free motoring. One way of doing this is to schedule regular services with a leading national autocentre, like Kwik Fit. Before you do, it’s a good idea to look for a Kwik Fit discount code, which you can do on the Ministry of Deals website.

 

Tyres
1. Understand the right tyre pressures for the car and assess them at least every two weeks using a great-quality gauge or garage air line.
2. Check tyre tread and state – look for cuts on sidewalls. If any one tyre needs regular top-ups, it may have a slow puncture.
3. Do not forget to check the spare as well.

 

Toolkit
1. Assess the handbook for the place of the basic toolkit for the automobile that will include at least a jack and wheel removal tools.
2. Familiarise yourself with the jacking points used to lift the auto safely.
3. If locking wheel nuts are fitted make sure the toolkit contains the key or removal tool.

 

Engine oil
1. Assess the dipstick at least every fortnight and before any long journey.
2. Have the oil and filter changed at recommended service periods using oil of the right specification. This is easy to check if you use an online tool such as the Oil Checker on the Euro Car Parts website.
3. High oil ingestion can indicate engine problems.

 

Water
1. ant level regularly and top up as required – but only when the engine is cold.
2. Have the antifreeze concentration assessed before winter.
3. Antifreeze prevents the buildup of corrosion within the cooling system in addition to quitting the coolant freezing so is important throughout the year.

 

Wipers
1. Wiper blades wear down over time and smear the windscreen if they become distressed.
2. Replace them at least annually for best performance.

 

Screenwash
1. Check and top up often – it is a legal requirement the system operates.
2. Use a great screenwash additive through summer and winter – water alone will not clear oily road grime and freezes more easily in winter.

 

Windscreen
1. Assess often for rock damage as this can impair vision or divert focus.
2. Small processors can grow and decode the glass but many can be fixed by a windscreen specialist.

 

Lights
1. Check all lights weekly. Do not forget gauges, brake and fog lights.
2. Clean lights often. In bad weather wipe them over with a moist fabric during driving breaks.

 

Power steering
1. Ensure the fluid reservoir is assessed at every service, and assess it yourself once monthly.
2. Top up just using the right hydraulic fluid as informed in the auto handbook.

 

Bodywork
1. Deal quickly with damage to bodywork to prevent rust setting in.
2. Many cars have expanded bodywork guarantee schemes, that might necessitate yearly review at the dealer. Assess that any preceding owner has kept records current.

Tips to Help you Get a Good Deal When Buying a Car

car-buyingA lot of my family and friends have bought a car recently – myself included. We have been lucky to have prevented any major plays with the dealers or private sellers. But many auto buyers aren’t so unlucky. With no eagle eye of a customer, this may have gone overlooked.

Consumer complaints services often hear from members who have ran into difficulties with motor vehicle dealers asserting that in case a customer did not purchase the extra warranty, they are with any issues that might appear out of luck.

So you understand what to search for when purchasing a car we have developed a helpful guide.

Do the tough yards before you hit the car garages and understand what you should be checking for and your rights. We’ve five measures you should work through:

1. General review – use our auto review checklist that can be found on the AA website. The automobile should take a nicely-lit place, dry and clean, so you do not miss flaws.

2. Test drive – contain some driving at open road speeds and take it for a drive for about 30 minutes, and a few hill work for assessing brakes and equipment.

3. Mechanical review – if you pay your own machinist or a specialist review service, they are required to do the occupation to a fair standard. A pre-purchase review will cost up to £100 to spend within the overall price of a vehicle.

Whatever work get it, the dealer consents to do or pay anything a deposit.

4. Finance – dealer finance can be higher priced when compared to a bank. You should consider expanding your mortgage if you are a home owner. With any loan offer, assess the overall price of credit over the duration of the loan, repayment amounts and enough time to refund. All lenders must supply you with these records. If the deal is interest-free, check that the asking price has not been inflated and for additional fees.

5. Paperwork – there is lots of documentation you should not overlook; warrant of fitness, certification of enrollment, owed debts, deal arrangement, change of possession.

With a bit of due diligence you can dramatically decrease the chances of buying what’s known in the motor trade as a ‘lemon’. Armed with a small amount of knowledge about cars and your rights you can proceed with any purchase of a used car with confidence.

David Beckham’s F150 Pickup up For Sale

beckham-f150The end of the month will see the sale of a pick-Up that was owned by the Manchester United and England football star David Beckham. The Ford F-150 pick-up truck that was once owned by David Beckham will be sold on Saturday, April 30, and is expected to sell for between £18,000 and £22,000.

Beckham the pick-up, that was bought new by Beckham is an unique variant version made with the bike manufacturer Harley Davidson, and comes with the first V5 as signs of the former England captain’s possession.

Meanwhile, a reversing camera is fitted to let it be less difficult to park the six-metre long machine.

The F150 was introduced by Ford and it continues to be the most popular vehicle in the US.

Other starts who are known to have owned one are Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie, Shia LeBouf, Dwayne Johnson and John Goodman all happen to be seen behind the wheel of F150s.

There’ll be live demonstrations on April 30 and May 1, and Ant Anstead from the TV show will be a guest on Sunday, May 1 to answer questions about the Mk1 Escort restoration which is the set’.

Tickets to The International Ford Show are accessible and cost £10 per person for a day’s availability; up to two children below the age of 14 go.