By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

Image source: Brown’s Guttenberg 

Remember how your car looked when it was a few weeks old? Or the excitement you felt and all the plans you’ve laid out to properly take care of it? New car owners go through these usual phases when buying a new vehicle. However, when work, family responsibilities, social life and other personal matters come into play, that car cover you have long planned on purchasing, or that scheduled check-up with your car manufacturer eventually take the back seat. Here we attempt to provide tips to keep your vehicle looking brand new again:

  1. Ever new car requires a change in oil usually after the first 3,000 kilometers or after three months. This aims to remove the particles from the break-in process. Beyond this period, you should make sure to change your oil (and oil or air filter, if necessary) every 5,000 to 7,500 miles, depending on your car’s usage. Nowadays though, there are oil brands that promise longer periods of time before a change in oil happens. Talk to your car service provider.
  1. Check the inflation pressure in each of your tires (including the spare) especially if you are planning any long road trips. Inspect tires for possible uneven wear, cuts, and sidewall bulges.
  1. Schedule a regular inspection of your breaks at least twice yearly, or more if you have been using the car way above the average usage. Mechanics may suggest replacements for worn pads or linings and rotors or drums.
  1. Check your other fluids. Basically, the six essential fluids in your car include the engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
  1. Use a good and high-quality glass cleaner to go with your microfiber cloth to clean your windows. Make sure it does not contain any harmful chemicals, ammonia, or alcohol-based ingredients. Need we remind you to avoid slamming the doors of your car as this may lead to tiny chaps in the windows as well.
  1. Don’t forget to regularly vacuum and remove the dust from your car’s interior. Most owners would rather go to a car wash shop and this saves time and effort if you’re willing to spend a few bucks every now and then. Do not use any product on your car’s upholstery without testing if it can adversely change your fabric’s color or texture.
  1. Finally, make sure that your car has a comprehensive auto insurance. This will lessen your worries in case unforeseen events and accidents happen.

Follow these time-tested tips and relive that feeling of exhilaration when you look at your prized possession. Happy driving!