These days people are holding on to things longer, including their beloved vehicles. With car engineering and technology improving at a rapid rate, a high mileage car doesn’t mean it’s a rust bucket. In fact, the average age of a South African car is 10 years!

Read on to find out how you can keep the old faithful ride going for a while longer. And if you’ve got a new car, you might want to start taking better care of it early. Then you’ll be driving it for years to come!


Keep the fluids topped up

Fluids keep your car running smoothly, and help to avoid unnecessary wear and tear. Have your oil checked and changed regularly, as per your car manual’s instructions. Other important fluids to keep note of are your coolant, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.


Get it checked

Just like regular doctor and dentist visits, your car sometimes needs a professional eye to make sure everything is in working order. And, just like you wouldn’t go to any old doctor, make sure you entrust your car to a certified, trained mechanic with a good reputation! Once there, make sure you get essential functions checked, such as your brake system, alternator, and wheel bearings. Also, never ignore any warning lights, such as your “check engine” one – this is your car begging for help!


Drive more carefully

Although most people realise that driving recklessly can be dangerous, many aren’t aware that it’s also bad for your poor car. Hitting speed bumps and driving too fast can cause wear and tear on your car’s parts, ageing them before their time. Slow down and be more mindful – it can help save your life and your car’s!


Get an extended motor warranty

Of course, no matter how well you take care of it, your car might need a part repaired or replaced due to a surprise mishap, or simply from wear and tear. If your warranty is still valid, the manufacturer will sort it out – but if the validity has expired, you’ll have to pay out of pocket. This is when you’ll be very pleased to have an extended plan in place!


Luckily, the family can enjoy a range of options when it comes to warranty extension plans. Our robust Silver, Gold and Platinum Motor Warranty plans cover mechanical repairs and replacements – without the hassle.* Get a free online quote in under 3 minutes today.


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