Looking After Your Investment

Good car maintenance is very important for anyone who owns one. It’s about more than just keeping your car in good working order; it affects the salability as well. There are the things we all (hopefully) do, including having your car serviced as per the manufacturer’s instructions and not driving like you stole it. To further your own efforts, you should also be following this simple check plan: TOWBIF. This acronym stands for Tyres, Oil, Windows, Brakes, Interiors and Fluids.

Tyres

It’s a no-brainer – your tyres will last longer and your car will drive better if they are properly inflated. This can be done at any garage. You should also rotate your tyres periodically and replace them when the wear has reached an unacceptable level.

Oil

Without oil, you won’t get very far. The rule of thumb is to check your oil at least once a week and top up if levels start getting low. This can be done by yourself or at any petrol station. You should also be changing your oil every 6000km – 7000km or so.

Windows

If you can’t see the road, it’s time to get your eyes checked out. It might also be your windows that need attention. Check your windows for small chips and cracks and have it fixed or replaced if needed. There are chip repair kits out there for you to do this at home, but you can have it done by professionals as well. Try to avoid getting too close to vehicles driving in front of you, as small pebbles or road debris could be shot right into your windows, causing damage.

Brakes

For your safety and that of others, make sure your brakes work well! If you don’t do this, you run a higher risk of getting into accidents that can affect the value of your car and lead to serious injuries.

Interior

Having a clean and looked-after car interior increases your driving pleasure. It’s also a great selling point for buyers. Many might not be clued up on engine performance or tyre condition, but they will definitely pay attention to the condition of the cabin. So keep it clean, smelling fresh and looking good.

Fluids

This is one area that many car owners overlook, but it’s the lifeblood of your car. This includes your coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid and much, much more! Check it at least once a week. If you’re unsure of how to do this, ask your mechanic for a demonstration. If you look after your car, it will look after you for many years to come, and you will be rewarded come time to sell.  

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