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Tips for Car Care

For people who love driving, the car is the centre of the universe. It gives you your private space and the much needed break from the rest of your day. A lot of people go on long drives to unwind. Many use their car everyday as their only mode of transport. But cars too need plenty of tender loving care so they can serve you well and for many years to come.

Let's look at some must-dos to keep your car like new.

Car Care - The Body of the Car

The body or the outside or the shell of the car requires a lot of attention because being exposed to different weather conditions in India can take a toll on it. Regularly cleaning your car can keep it looking spanking new for up to 10-12 years! Cleaning your car regularly does not mean you drag it to a car wash everyday. You can take out 5 minutes every couple of days to just wipe the body or have somebody do it for you. You can wash the car on weekends, using some shampoo or mild soap.

When you wash your car, make sure you clean it thoroughly. Pay attention to the nooks and corners near the headlights, the grill, the wheels, windshield wipers, etc. As for the insides of your car, there are a lot of products available that you can use to clean it. Always use mild soap to clean the dashboard and make sure you do not spill anything on the electronics.

As for the upholstery, you only need to wipe it gently with a wet cloth, and then a dry one. The floor mats should be cleaned thoroughly because they tend to collect dirt and dust a lot. If you have a car rug, make sure it's washed regularly, because spills and other substances that fall on them can make the rug smell a lot.

You take your car to a good car wash in the locality once a month. Car washes are very effective at preserving the paint of your car. They are highly detailed and make sure no corrosive substance is left on the surface of your car. Car washes also wax your car which ensures no grime or dirt sticks to the body easily. A car wax once in two months is good enough for your car.

Rustproofing Your Car

Service centers, garages and car washes also offer rust-proof treatment, under coating and Teflon coating. These are especially useful if you live in a coastal area or any area with high humidity. The humidity tends to affect different parts of the car by making them rust or corroded. Coating or rust-proofing covers these parts with a thin chemical coat ensuring that the harmful elements in the atmosphere do not reach them.

Even if you do not live in an area where the salt content in the atmosphere is high, it is good to get your car coated with some chemical (like PVC) to ensure that the car body has a longer life. PVC coating and under coating also ensures that any liquids that splash on to your car body while driving do not corrode it.

Car Care - The Car Parts

There is a lot of complicated machinery inside your car that works in beautiful harmony to ensure you have a pleasant safe drive. All it asks for in return is regular servicing and maintenance! Just driving over to the local garage and getting it serviced is not enough for your car. Ensuring the car's inner parts are in good condition translates into more mileage, less maintenance costs and less frequent trips to the garage.

You should find out how your car works and what parts need special attention, so that you too can ensure your vehicle is getting the right treatment. Firstly, engine oil needs to be changed regularly. This is to ensure that the moving parts inside your engine do not face friction while working. Check the air filters next. Clean air filters contribute greatly to your mileage.

Similarly, have the radiator, fan belt, brakes, clutch, air conditioning system etc. checked on a regular basis to ensure your car is in pristine condition.

Car Care - Good Practices

Prevention is always better than cure! Following these tips for car care will ensure that you do not run into trouble while on the road.

1) Make sure you maintain a handbook about your car. You can note down servicing dates, important things to check and other such information. This helps you periodically check the car for faults, and cars with such handbooks always fetch a higher price in the used cars market!

2) Get car insurance. It is extremely useful if you need to get any major repair done on your automobile.

3) The alignment of your car tyres should also be checked regularly. Wrong alignment of the wheels poses a high risk while driving.

4) Failure of the brakes and clutch can be quite dangerous while on a trip. Therefore, make sure you have these checked on a regular basis. 5) Read the manual of your car thoroughly. This way you can not only prevent mishaps, but also ensure you do not get conned by unethical service centers or garages. You can also learn more about cars by visiting popular car forums.

6) You need to check the tyre pressure of your car regularly. Different climatic conditions can play with your tyre quality. Good drivers make a quick check of their tyres each time they drive.

7) Different weather requires different modifications and care techniques for your car. Speak to your local mechanic or knowledgeable car owners about car care for weather conditions in your area. Doing this ensures each drive is a safe one.

So go ahead and pamper your car. It just means more pleasant driving for you!

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fast wheels.6 years ago
this article is really good as it gives basics of care in brief with many topics covered. Short and good....
Rajendra Darda.6 years ago
there are still some topics left out in car care or have brief explanations. could you please explain in detail about rustproofing and care of wheels.
Soumen.6 years ago
very good article. it is very important o know the basics of car care. it helps in the long run and also keeps it well maintained
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Do you take good care of your car? When was the last time you had it serviced and washed? Do you know a lot about your car's insides?
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Actually , you learn about car care over time. The way people treat their cars sometimes disgusts me. Just keeping the outside of the car shiny is absolutely useless, yaar, you MUST love the car compl...
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