If you’ve ever had to pay out a lot of money for your car, you’ll know that it usually comes at the most inconvenient times. Even the best vehicles can suffer in the long run, if not maintained properly. At Exminster Garage, we’ve been serving the people of Exeter for more than 100 years and understand that it’s important to understand and check your car as well as booking it in for regular car servicing.
Here, we list our top tips on car servicing and maintenance.
Change your oil
Getting regular oil changes is one of the easiest things you can do to extend the life of your car and save yourself from breakdowns and costly repairs.
Flush the radiator
As your car’s cooling system, radiators prevent engines from overheating and engine blocks from cracking with heat. Flushing the radiator annually will help to remove debris and rust, therefore saving you money from costly repairs. At Exminster Garage, we specialise in car maintenance and service checks and can sort this at your convenience.
Replace the air filter
Every 12,000 miles you do, your air filter should be changed. Air filters provide your car with more efficiency, better gas mileage, increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. You can replace this yourself, or alternatively visit our Exeter garage where we can do this promptly for you.
Listen to your car
Pay attention to your vehicle and observe anything out of the ordinary to save on costly repairs. Whether it’s the suspension or a worn windscreen wiper, keeping your car in tip-top condition by getting problems fixed early on will increase its lifespan.
A noise or smell from your car may be trivial, but you should always get it checked out to be on the safe side. As a local Exeter garage, we specialise in fixing minor and major car issues, if you require assistance or feel something may be up with your vehicle, contact us today.
Read the manual
As a car owner, you should always carry a copy of your car’s manual. A surprising amount of those on the road rarely refers to the handbook. By studying it, you will know how often the manufacturer recommends changing things like oil and radiator fluid and what your maximum tyre pressure should be. Once you’re aware of these factors, it will be simple for you to understand when and how often to get your car serviced.
Check under the hood
Regular under-the-bonnet checks involve referring to your manual and analyse the components. Typically contained is screen wash, brake fluid, engine coolant and oil filler. Without checking these sections of a car, it could cost you in the long run. If you’re unsure about doing this, we can assist with all vehicle checks to ensure everything’s running smoothly.
Have a mechanic at the ready
When you face car troubles, it is wise to have a dealer or professional to go-to in your time of need.Don’t wait until you need a mechanic before you find one, a good relationship with a trusted independent car service garage will promise quality checks and customer care.
Keep it clean
Dirt, debris and corrosion can build up, ultimately affecting the performance of your car. Not only will keeping your car spick and span ensure it looks fresh, it will also lengthen the lifespan.
How can regular car servicing save you money?
With higher overheads and staff commission, dealerships are nearly always a more expensive choice for Exeter car servicing and car repairs than independent garages. You will save money on repairs and put your car at higher resale value.
For assistance with any of the above, or if you have any car maintenance or service questions, contact Exminster Garage.