Taking care of your car is one of your biggest responsibilities as an adult.
Well, first of all, there’s the issue of frugality, seeing as how being responsible when taking care of your car saves you money.
Second, it’s a matter of safety, because sitting behind the wheel of a car in suboptimal shape may put you in dangerous situations.
Third, it’s a matter of self-image. A person who doesn’t respect their vehicle sends a clear message of their irresponsibility and other, similar traits to people who know them or meet them for the very first time.
So, here are several tips to help you take better care of your car.
Keep it clean
The first task on the list is regularly cleaning your car. This task is at the very top of the list (even though it doesn’t affect safety or fuel economy) because it has to be done frequently.
Generally speaking, you’re supposed to wash your car at least twice per month. This may sound like a lot, but if you take it to a car wash, you don’t really have that much active work, to begin with.
All it takes is for you to take the car to specialists and wait until they’re done. Interior cleaning, on the other hand, is something that you should probably do on your own.
Tend to your tires
Your tires are the part of the car that is in direct contact with the surface of the road, which makes them directly responsible for the control that you have over the vehicle. Properly inflated tires help you achieve a far better fuel economy.
Now, seeing as how checking tire pressure and inflating them is free of charge, it will be like making (or saving, to be more precise) money out of thin air.
Also, you should replace your tires every 6-7 years and rotate them every 6-8 thousand miles. This way, you will ensure that they get worn out evenly and that your tires are always in optimal condition.
Keep it safe
The most important thing you need to focus on is the protection of your car from various weather occurrences.
Ideally, you would handle this with a garage, however, what if your property has no garage?
What if you are going to the other part of the country (for instance, traveling from NSW to Victoria on a business matter) and have lodging that doesn’t offer garage facilities? In this particular scenario, looking for quality Australian car covers and using them as a temporary solution would be your best bet.
A wide choice of fabric available will ensure that the cover fits your car’s style and model.
Find a reliable mechanic
There are a lot of tasks that you won’t be able to handle on your own, but finding the right mechanic is not an easy task.
You have no way of telling if they’re reliable before first several repairs already take place; nonetheless, you have a way or two of telling just how honest they are. First of all, you need to focus on transparency. After replacing a part, did they show you the one they replaced?
Did they show you the bill for the new part they purchased on your behalf? A
re they trying to confuse you with an abundance of technical terms or do they just avoid the talk with the explanation that “It’s all too technical and you wouldn’t understand it”?
If any (or all) of this is the case, you might just be dealing with someone who’s trying to scam you.
At the end of the day, taking care of your car is a continuous process, it’s not just something that you have to do once.
Therefore, developing a habit of cleaning your car, checking your tires and providing it with necessary cover need to become your priorities.
Also, you need to find a reliable mechanic as soon as possible since you never know when you’ll need their services.
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Peter is a men's grooming & fashion writer at High Street Gent magazine from UK. Beside writing he worked as a menswear fashion stylist for many fashion events around UK & AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.