April 8, 2020
Everyday costs are rising in South Africa, with the economic decline and being ranked to junk status in March by Moody’s; it must become motorist’s top priority to maintain their vehicles regularly. When you do this, it not only saves you money but keeps your car running smoothly for longer.
To make sure your car runs smoothly, you don’t have to be a mechanic; you need to be aware of the factors you need to keep your eye on.
Car maintenance is when you service your car, and this is done over specific time intervals, or certain kilometres travelled with your vehicle. The service intervals are measured by the car manufacturers’ service schedules or with newer cars they have service due dates on their instrument panels. When you maintain your vehicle with these methods, you are then able to keep your car running smoother for much longer.
The importance of maintaining your car in good running condition will save you not only financially, but also avoid unnecessary breakdowns. When your vehicle is regularly maintained, it will prevent small problems from turning into significant issues.
With a well-maintained car, it will make your road usage safer. Breaking down on the side of the road nowadays is a matter of life and death in South Africa.
When your car is well-maintained and running smoothly, you will have excellent fuel efficiency. When your vehicle is in good condition, you can increase your fuel per kilometre by 4% and sometimes by as much as 40%.
By also having a well-maintained car will help your car from depreciating less, keeping its value.
When applying all these techniques to your car will keep it running for longer and keep your cost low in the end. Vehicles that are maintained well will also hold their value for longer.
Car insurance may also provide additional peace of mind. Affordable comprehensive car insurance with helpful, unique benefits like fixed premiums* if you don’t claim and a reduce-to-zero excess* is available with PMD. *T’s and C’s apply.