Keeping Cars in Top Condition

Posted on Jan 28, 2015

Whether you have invested in the latest model, or paid out for a second hand car, it is likely to have been one of your biggest personal expenses. A new car will be equipped with the latest technology, giving you and enhance driving experience. You also get a manufacturer’s warrantee and have three years before you need to worry about an MOT. However, their value quickly depreciates, so a second hand car can provide a better value option. If you can check the car’s history and condition, it is possible to pick up a relative bargain.

Most of us are reliant on our cars. The thought of coping without a car for a week or two can bring some people out in a cold sweat. To ensure that our cars remain in good working order for as long as possible, we need to invest time and money in their maintenance.  Work on your car isn’t cheap, but you can carry out some basic checks yourself and a trustworthy mechanic will help to keep your car on the road for longer.

Keeping it Clean

A regular car wash may not seem that important, but it’s not simply cosmetic. Grit, mud, bird droppings and tree sap can all have a corrosive effect on paintwork. Keeping your car clean will ensure that your car’s bodywork remains in good condition. It is also important to keep your windscreen and lights clean and free from grime, to improve safety. A quality wax once or twice a year will also help to protect your car and keep it in top condition.

Liquid Levels

You should undertake regular checks of the liquids in your car. Oil and water levels, coolant and transmission fluid levels need to be topped up to keep your car operating in good working order. In the winter months you should also add antifreeze to your water, to ensure you can keep your windscreens clear and clean even on frosty mornings.


Well maintained tyres are essential for a safe, comfortable and fuel efficient ride. Keep a check on your tyre tread and change your tyres when they are getting close to the legal limit. This will improve your safety and prevent the risk of costly fines. Also look out for tyre damage, such as cracks which compromise the quality of your tyres and could cause a serious incident. Also keep your tyre pressure at the recommended levels as this will minimise fuel consumption, keep your tyres in good condition and keep you safe.


If possible keep your car in a garage. This not only improves security and lowers the risk of theft; it also reduces the risk of damage to the vehicle. In addition to the potential for vandalism, cars left outside are more prone to damage from environment factors, including sunlight fading the interior and frozen locks.

Take Action

It is important to take your car to a professional mechanic for its annual MOT and a regular service. In addition, visit a mechanic if warning lights on your dashboard are lit, you notice deterioration in performance, you are in an accident or you notice other damage to your car. Taking action when you first spot an issue can aid effective diagnostics, quick repair and minimise the risk of further damage being caused.

Holmer Green Garage in Buckinghamshire has been established since 1983. Our team of qualified mechanics have years of experience and some of the leading diagnostic tools to ensure that we can help you keep your car safely on the road for as long as possible. From annual MOT’s to adhoc repairs, Holmer Green Garage will deliver a professional service.