5 Easy Tips to Extend the Life Span of Your Car

There’s nothing quite like the new car feeling is there? And with recent data showing that we as South Africans are choosing to keep our cars for longer, the upkeep on your pride and joy has never been as important as it is today. So, whether you are the proud owner of a new car, a ‘well-travelled’ car, or somewhere in the middle, here are 5 easy tips to extend the life of your car!

1. Don’t ignore your dashboard lights

Although some of them might look like strange hieroglyphics, these warning lights should never be ignored. This is your car letting you know that it needs some attention…and the longer you ignore these warnings, the higher the chances are that you’re going to end up with a broken-down car and a massive repair bill! Our advice is to pay close attention to what the dashboard is telling you and get any problems seen to as soon as possible. (Click here to learn about how a Bidvest Insurance Warranty is there for you when breakdowns happen)

2. Check your tyres regularly

Ensuring your tyres are in good condition and correctly inflated is going to help in maintaining good vehicle control and safety while driving on the road. Further, over-inflated or under-inflated tyres can also have a negative impact on the condition of your car. Be sure to refer to the owner’s manual or the side of the driver’s door for the correct pressure levels and be sure to check pressure and tread levels regularly. (Click here to find how Tyre Angel provides a solution to the financial impact of damaged tyres)

3. Frequently check and change your oil

Oil plays a major role in maintaining the health of your car as it keeps all the moving parts of your engine lubricated and protected. Driving with insufficient levels of oil can cause major damage to your engine and life span of your car so make a habit out of frequently checking and maintaining your vehicles oil levels.

4. Cleaning Your Car

By not cleaning your car, road salt and pollutions can build up and result in unwanted rust and substantially reduce your eventual resale value. When it comes to your car, cleaning is caring. So drive through your local car wash or clean your car at home to keep your car looking as good as new.
(Click here to learn more about how Scratch & Dent is your partner in upkeeping the value on your car)

5. Drive Carefully

Driving with care will greatly improve the longevity of your car. Avoiding bad habits like braking suddenly, riding the brakes or clutch, driving over potholes and over revving (to name a few) can reduce the wear and tear impact on your car and help keep it running in top condition for longer.

Looking after your investment

Your car is a major investment and the more you look after it today, the more you will be rewarded for it in the future. Having the right insurance policies in place can also play a vital role in not only helping in maintaining the condition of your car but also protecting you from some of the costly bills along the way.

Cover for you and for your car.

Bidvest Insurance offers a wide range of insurance products to meet both your personal and vehicular needs.

Insurance options for you:

  • Cyber Rescue
  • Panic Alert
  • Legal Angel
  • Personal Accident Insurance

Insurance options for your car:

  • Scratch and Dent
  • Tyre Angel
  • Theftbuster Plus
  • Warranty
  • Driver Assist
  • Key Angel

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