Getting a new car is always exciting but it comes at a cost and often a high cost. So much so that upgrading and renewing your car can actually go from exciting to daunting. That said, there are things you can do to increase the longevity of your new car, to make it go the extra mile, and to ensure you get your money’s worth. So to get the most out of your new car follow some of these basic maintenance tips and make a conscious effort to look after your new wheels.

Regular servicing

This is probably one of the most important things you can do when it comes to looking after a car. The maxim, if it’s not broke don’t fix it certainly does not apply to vehicles. By undertaking regular servicing of your car you can address the problems before they even occur. Not only will this save you money in the long run it will help expand the life of your car, and importantly, keep you and your family safe. A service should include but is not is not limited to servicing of important aspects of the car functionality such as the brakes, tires, engine oil, exhausts, and suspension.

Don’t leave it sitting around

Cars are designed to be used and they do not take well to sitting around. If you don’t take your car out on a regular run you can find yourself facing multiple problems with your vehicle. Failure to use your car often can result in the battery depleting and going flat, decreased tire pressure, and potentially rusty or corroded brakes. If these problems are allowed to develop not only will it cost you money to rectify it will impact the overall effectiveness and longevity of your vehicle.

Regular cleaning

This is not to suggest that a clean car will last longer than a dirty one but there certainly are some advantages to regular cleaning of your vehicle. Not only are there practical benefits, such as cleaning your car yourself gives you the opportunity to inspect and examine your car on a regular basis, meaning you will be more likely to catch leaks or rust.  It will also help preserve the condition of your car. Regular removal of dirt, debris, or salt that can be put on the road in winter months will help to look after the bodywork and keep it in a better position when the time comes to sell it on, helping you get more for your money.

Keep your car covered

Exposing your car to the elements all day every day (and night) can have a detrimental impact on your vehicle. Too much sun exposure can cause discoloration and freezing temperatures can affect how well your vehicle performs. Further lots of rain can contribute to the development of rust. If you have a garage then it is recommended that you keep your car in the garage, alternatively putting it in a carport or under a cover can help to protect it from the harsh weather conditions. If you have to leave them outdoor, appropriate outdoor car covers will do the trick in protecting your car from harsh factors like rain, snow, or hail.