A car can be one of the biggest investments that you make or at least one of the biggest purchases in your life. Depending on the type of car you buy, the price of it could be as high as a house's price. That being said it is advisable to take really good care of your car.
Overall, you should take care of your car as whole, from the outside to the inside. Keep the body of the car clean and dent free. Wash the car as often as you can, vacuum the inside and polish the dashboard and tires. Be careful where you drive and park to avoid bumps and dents from occurring on your car's body.
Look after the engine too. Avoid opening the bonnet unnecessarily so that it doesn't get exposed to too much dust. Check the oil and water to ensure that it remains topped up for the efficient functioning of the vehicle. If you suspect that there is something wrong with the engine don't be tempted to repair it yourself. Rather let a qualified mechanic check it and repair it for you.
Take care of the wheels and tires. Make sure that you have the tires inflated regularly to prevent it from running flat. This also optimizes your driving if the tires are sufficiently inflated. If you notice that he tread is low, then change the tires. Don't drive with them for long as this could lead to the car not being able to come to a stop as quickly as it would with new tires.
Check the brakes often especially when you notice something unusual. If you hear the brakes squeak or whistle, or feel that the brake pedal is spongy, then get it checked. There could be a problem with the brake elements such as the brake discs. Rather be safe than sorry when it comes to this car part.
In general, you should take your car for a service every year or when the set mileage is reached for your particular vehicle. During a service all the parts of your car will be checked to ensure that it is roadworthy and safe to drive. Keep a record of the car's service so that you build up a good history. This will serve you well when you want to sell the car. It will increase the value of your car, especially if you take good care of it.
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