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Visiting used car dealers in Auckland may seem like a gamble to many. However, that’s because a lot of Kiwis carry a misconception that used cars give up the ghost quickly. This is a costly myth, as most pre-loved vehicles will give you a lot of good years for a much lower price compared to buying new.

If you’re thinking of buying a car second-hand, or already own one yourself, there are some things you can do to maximise your vehicle’s life span; things that will save you the time, money and hassle of purchasing a new vehicle every two years. In this blog post, we’re going to go over our top three tips for maintaining a used car so that you can go the extra mile.

Service Your Car Regularly

This one may come across as a no-brainer, because it is, but to get the most out of your car, you need to make sure that no problems ares hiding under the bonnet. Not all car malfunctions begin with a rattling engine or a left-leaning steering wheel, so it’s important to keep on top of any potential issues by getting your car checked and serviced regularly.

Services do more than put a sticker on your windshield. Qualified mechanics give your car a good look-over, checking for any problems or anything that could become a problem soon. This is fantastic for you, because it allows you to forecast any upcoming costs from repairs. Even better: it means you can get ahead of the issue before it does any damage to the rest of your car, prolonging your car’s lifespan overall.

For example, if your transmission is starting to stick and you wait for the problem to get worse before fixing it, you could have a huge car bill on your hands. A new gearbox doesn’t come cheap!

Keep on Top of the Little Things

Being a responsible car owner means doing the little things to keep your car running along happily. The list isn’t too long, especially for the reliable breed of Japanese used cars, and the tasks are much easier than they may appear on the surface. In fact, most of them are simple habits that you can implement in your day-to-day life.

  • Keep your tyres pumped. Every third time you fill up your car, check your tyre pressure and pump it up (the optimal level should be in your owner’s manual or online). This keeps your wheels in good shape and ramps up your gas mileage.
  • Give your car a clean once a month. One Sunday out of every four, set aside a part of the day to give your car a good wash. This will prevent the rust from forming as well as other nasty things that could take years off your vehicle’s life. If you can afford to wax your car to keep water off, do it!
  • Check under-bonnet fluids regularly. Every six weeks or so, or at the same time you pump your tyres, give the fluids in your car a look. Their levels should be in the optimal ranges to deliver the best performance, so make sure to top them up or bring them in for a flush if they need it.

Address Any Problems Immediately

And finally, if your car does start to make a grinding noise when you come to a halt, or you have to give it a few goes before it starts, get it checked out as soon as you can. Leaving a problem to develop into something worse is a sure-fire way to drive your car into an early grave.

Think of a car issue like a wound. If you leave it alone to get infected, eventually that infection spreads out to the entire body, killing the host—in this case, your car. It may seem like a high initial cost now to treat an issue, but it will save you a lot of money in the long run.

Used cars are a fantastic option, and that’s even truer when you look after them properly. So, take the time to give your vehicle some tender loving care and you’ll be trundling along happily for years and years to come.

Grab a quality pre-loved vehicle today.

Motor Co is the best provider of pre-loved vehicles and Japanese import cars in Auckland. If you’re in the market for a new set of wheels and you’re ready to take the plunge, give our friendly team a call, we’d love to hear from you!