How Keeping Your Car Maintained Can Save You Thousands

Tue 10th Jul 2018

The British motoring public spends a shocking £21.1 billion on car repairs and servicing every year, but by preventing major issues from arising by looking after our cars we can cut the bill from thousands to hundreds of pounds.

Regular checks to our vehicles will keep our cars running smoothly and allow us to spot any potential issues before they end up huge problems. And it is always a better option to spot problems yourself and get it looked at rather than waiting for your car to break down on the roadside and inflict even further costs on yourself.

Whilst many of the checks may sound obvious, its not always easy to find the time to get them sorted. However, would you rather be paying £200 a year or be left with a potential bill of up to £6,000 to repair your car?

Thankfully Select Car Leasing have come up with a handy set of tips to keep your car maintained and in proper working order.

Air Filter: Ensuring your air filter is clean and clear prevents harmful debris and dirt from entering the engine. If this maintenance isn’t carried out every 12 months or 12,000 miles, you may have to repower the engine due to it being clogged up.

Windscreen Wipers: It’s important that your windscreen wipers are working efficiently, as they perform an essential role in keeping your visibility clear and allowing you to drive safely. If they become worn, they can also scratch your windscreen.

Spark Plugs: Spark plugs create the ignition for your car to start. It’s recommended that modern cars have their spark plugs replaced every 80,000 miles, to keep them functioning at optimum levels. Improper functioning spark plugs can affect many elements of your car; including the catalytic converter, which can be damaged as a result of high temperatures.

Engine Oil and Engine Filter: The engine oil and oil filter ensure that the moving parts within the engine are properly lubricated so that they can efficiently carry out their functions. Failure to properly maintain engine oil levels can lead to the engine getting damaged or even ruined.

Battery Maintenance: The car’s battery provides the surge of electricity that’s required for every vehicle’s electrical components to work. An underpowered or inefficient battery can lead to the corruption of the vehicle’s immobiliser data, preventing the engine from starting and damaging the cars sensitive electronics.

Radiator Flush: The radiator is essential in keeping your engine cool, by circulating liquid around the engine block. Poor maintenance leads to a build-up of sediment that can clog up the water pump, resulting in the engine running hotter than normal which in turn causes it to overheat.

Brake Pads: Brake pads apply the pressure and friction needed to the brake rotors, which in turn slows the wheels. Brake pads that are worn, or in poor condition can lead to them becoming grooved and cause damage to the rotors and brake callipers, which will reduce the performance of your brakes. Maintaining the responsiveness of your brakes is crucial to ensuring the safety of your car.

Fuel Filter: The fuel pump is an integral part of any vehicle, as it’s responsible for pumping the cars fuel from the tank to the engine. The pump can suffer damage if it’s not properly maintained, as a clogged fuel filter will put too much pressure on the pump leading to your engine failing to start.

Lights: Headlights and taillights should be checked regularly to ensure that other cars can see you on the road in the event of poor visibility and is a crucial factor in avoiding accidents. It’s important to check all lights on the car, as even if just one of your lights isn’t working, your car can appear smaller to other motorists.

Tyres: Tyres are one of the most important components of your car as they give the driver grip and stability in difficult conditions. It’s essential that your tyres are in good condition before your journey, to prevent you from falling into difficulty once faced with rugged terrain on your trip.