How to get the most out of your car

How to get the most out of your car


Taking good care of your car not only helps make sure you get reliable performance and a longer life for your car, but a commitment to proper, regular maintenance can also get a good resale value. Here are some simple things you can do to get the most value out of your car while keeping it in the best shape.

Get good fuel economy
Better fuel economy means you'll use less fuel to travel the same distance. This will save you money, and also benefit the environment.

Among the most effective ways to increase your car’s efficiency is to travel light, which also means regularly taking any excess weight out of your car. So leave your tools, sports equipment and any other boxes, bags or belongings at home when you don’t need them.

Another way to get better fuel economy is to drive smoothly. That means don’t drive in a way that sees you constantly speed up or slow down (don’t tailgate, don’t rapidly accelerate from traffic lights, etc.). According to the U.S Department of Energy, driving at consistent speeds can save up to 33 per cent in fuel. That's a huge saving. Under-inflated tyres and inaccurate tyre alignment also mean more friction between your car and the road, affecting how smoothly you drive and dropping your fuel efficiency.

Fill up half of your fuel tank
Engines need a steady flow of fuel, but filling up the fuel tank to full means extra weight, which in turn makes the vehicle work harder. A good compromise is to fill up to the half-full mark, saving you money and time.

Other ways to be fuel-efficient include remembering to turn off the engine when your car is stationary or held up for an extended period of time. In addition, ‘warming up’ your car or letting the engine run for a while before driving wastes fuel.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, driving at consistent speeds can save up to 33 per cent in fuel. That's a huge saving. 

Keep the car body in good shape

Keep your car’s body in the best condition possible. That way, your car not only looks good but it has better resistance against pollutants in the air. Try to thoroughly wash your car at least once a month if you use it daily. It also pays to clean those hard-to-reach places, such as underneath the car and in the wheel arches.

Wax your car once every six weeks or so to help protect the paint and guard against the fading effects of the sun and general corrosion. Other applications you can consider include rustproofing agents and interior care treatments.

According to the U.S Department of Energy, driving at consistent speeds can save up to 33 per cent in fuel. That's a huge saving. 


Change the oil regularly

Not only it is important to change the oil in your car regularly, it is also essential to use a high-quality product. If oil becomes contaminated, it’s less effective at protecting and lubricating the engine.

Schedule regular check-ups
It is a good idea to have the car serviced by a mechanic at regular intervals.

Regular servicing will help make sure your car is in the best shape possible, and that the engine, steering, suspension, brakes and lights are in the best possible condition. A mechanic can also assess your car’s wear and tear, and recommend any repairs that may be required.

Your maintenance costs will vary depending on the type of car you drive. It costs more to maintain a four-wheel drive compared to a small hatchback, for example, so you should always factor maintenance into how much a car will really cost.

If you'd like to get information on financing a vehicle that suits your needs, explore your car loans options here or call one of our Lending Specialist on 13 73 77. Alternatively you can also contact an accredited Pepper Money Broker. They're there to help. 

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