It’s always a concern for new car owners that the second they drive their vehicle off the forecourt, it starts to depreciate. You can minimise the impact of depreciation and ensure that your car performs flawlessly by maintaining it correctly, even if you’re not the world’s greatest mechanic! Here are a few general car maintenance tips on car care.
Warranties – take advantage of the experts
New cars come with warranties, as well as a service package. That means your regular services are carried out by professional experts who really understand the intricacies of your vehicle. Make sure you stay up to date with your services and book them in when they’re due. It’s a chance for your service engineer to spot any potential problems early on and stop them from developing into a major issue that could affect the running of your new car.
Home maintenance – General car maintenance tips
You don’t always need to rely on the experts, as there are plenty of things you can do for yourself. Each week, set aside a little time to check your vehicle over and carry out some basic maintenance.
Tyres – these are the biggest consumable on your car, and it’s important to make sure they’re in tip-top condition. Not only is it a safety issue, but badly maintained tyres will have a big impact on the way your car drives, and its fuel economy. Check all the tyres are inflated to the correct manufacturer’s recommended pressure, and that there are no cracks in the sidewalls, nails, excessive wear, or other damage.
Fluids – From windscreen wash to coolant, and of course, your oil, you’ll need to make sure your car fluids are topped up. When you take the dipstick out of the oil reserve, do a visual inspection of the oil to make sure it doesn’t have any metal particulates in it, which may indicate an issue deep in the engine. This should be done when the engine is cold.
Cleaning – not only does a clean car look better, but it will also last longer too. A thorough wash and waxing will prolong the life of the paint and prevent it from fading or cracking, especially in the UAE’s strong sunlight.
Use the right octane fuel – new cars may not require ‘running in’ as they used to 20 years ago, but they still need to be treated with a little bit of care for the first few thousand miles. Make sure you use the right octane fuel for your engine and replace the fuel filter every 60,000 KMs or at each major annual service.
Brakes – brake pads wear and need replacing every 30,000 KMs on average. Again, this is something that your new car will have checked during its annual service, but if you do high mileage then you may need to contact your service centre earlier.
Read the manual!
When you buy your new car in the UAE, you’ll get an Owner’s Manual with it. Our top tip: read the manual and get to know about your car. That way if you do notice a ‘strange knock’ or a dashboard light coming on when you’re driving, you’ll understand what is happening and take the right action to stop it from becoming a big issue. If there’s something you’re not sure about, don’t hesitate to give your service centre a call and ask them.
This may seem like a strange tip, but it’ll take you a little while to get used to the dimensions of your new car, especially if you’ve upgraded to a larger model. The most common bodywork issues such as minor dents, scratches and dings happen when parking, so it’s worth giving yourself a bit of extra room and look for larger parking spaces until you’re really used to the size of your car.
Maintaining a new car is easy as long as you take a little bit of time to lavish some care and attention onto your new pride and joy. Your Al Futtaim Honda dealer will take care of the big things such as major servicing. But it will give you a sense of achievement to do the small things yourself, as well as keeping your car in great condition and minimising depreciation too.