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Started by Ricolas on Oct 12, 2012 1:02:34 PM
Car tips and maintenance

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BawbagMcWimoweh - 12 Oct 2012 13:07:11 (#1 of 4987)

Get a long warranty on a new car.

Become good friends with a garage owner and the local scrappy if you've got an old car.

Tenesmus - 12 Oct 2012 13:14:23 (#2 of 4987)

Space the annual service and MOT 6 months apart so it's seen by a garage twice a year, nipping problems in the bud.

Look under the bonnet regularly to look for fluid levels, leaks and listen for strange noises. Of course more modern cars present you with a slab of plastic so you can't see anything.

Forget main dealers and find an established local garage that has a lower labour rate.

Get it cleaned by an eastern european in a supermarket car park.

milhouse - 12 Oct 2012 13:16:17 (#3 of 4987)

Annual service? Get with the times, grandad.

Tenesmus - 12 Oct 2012 13:17:58 (#4 of 4987)

Well yes, it's why my 17 year old car has never broken down.

I may regret that post

BawbagMcWimoweh - 12 Oct 2012 13:18:04 (#5 of 4987)

Actually, the best tip I can give is to drive someone else's car and drive it like you stole it.

tasselhoff - 12 Oct 2012 13:18:44 (#6 of 4987)

I tend to have to service my modern-ish cars every quarter (but that's decreased a bit recently).

Macpaddy - 12 Oct 2012 13:18:59 (#7 of 4987)

I get my cars serviced twice a year. Sound practice.

BawbagMcWimoweh - 12 Oct 2012 13:21:10 (#8 of 4987)

Surely once a year or every 10,000 miles it alright, no?

timbob - 12 Oct 2012 13:21:31 (#9 of 4987)

I found I was under the bonnet of mine every weekend.It's in storage at the mo and I'm hoping not to get back and find a neat pile of rust.

milhouse - 12 Oct 2012 13:21:51 (#10 of 4987)

My car (which I bought a couple of weeks ago) only needs servicing every two years/30,000km. Which is nice.

milhouse - 12 Oct 2012 13:23:06 (#11 of 4987)

I get my cars serviced twice a year. Sound practice.

Not really, depending on the car. Assuming it's vaguely modern, of course. But I bet your mechanic is happy to take your money.

Turkish - 12 Oct 2012 13:24:01 (#12 of 4987)

I only do 8,000km a year. Serviced once a year. It's now 8 years old. Never had the bonnet up. Which sounds like a filthy euphemism.

Macpaddy - 12 Oct 2012 13:25:36 (#13 of 4987)

They get a full service and a half service. They are modern cars. I know that once every two years is probably enough but I do a lot of driving and the bloke I use has been a family friend for thirty years or more. His son is begining to run the garage now.

milhouse - 12 Oct 2012 13:26:15 (#14 of 4987)

To be honest, bar filling up your wiper fluid and checking your levels, you never really should need to lift the bonnet on a car.

milhouse - 12 Oct 2012 13:26:30 (#15 of 4987)

and the bloke I use has been a family friend for thirty years or more. His son is begining to run the garage now

Is he retiring to the Bahamas?

tasselhoff - 12 Oct 2012 13:29:15 (#16 of 4987)

My service intervals have been 5000km, 22000km and 30000km (from oldest car to newest).

Macpaddy - 12 Oct 2012 13:30:12 (#17 of 4987)

The price of servicing the cars isn't going to make him rich, milhouse.

Rendered - 12 Oct 2012 13:31:17 (#18 of 4987)

Once every two years for a service sounds about right, unless something comes up at the MOT and I get it fixed at the time.

Anthony16 - 12 Oct 2012 13:32:56 (#19 of 4987)

I like the fact that the VW Polo has an indicator on the dashboard when it need something done/serviced.

Ricolas - 12 Oct 2012 13:34:48 (#20 of 4987)

Given that you own an Italian car, rendered, that is a terrifying thought!

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