Bidvest Insurance explores ways to maintain your car when driving less often.
It’s easy to think that the less you drive, the less you need to spend on car maintenance. Unfortunately, this assumption is wrong. Even if you’re driving less than usual, you still need to maintain your car. Here are ways you should maintain your car when driving less often:
Drive. Even if you don’t need to
Your car is made to move. It’s never good to leave your car parked for extended periods. It may be a good idea to take your car for a drive every so often, even if you’re not using it much. This will help keep all the parts lubricated and moving, like they should.
Keep up with regular oil changes
Yes, oil changes are a must. Even if you’re not driving as much, oil can still break down and become dirty over time. Dirty oil can damage your car’s engine. Follow your car manufacturer’s recommended oil change schedule. You can find this information in your car’s owner’s manual.
Check your tyres
You should get your tyres checked at least once a year by a professional. Even if you don’t drive that much anymore, your tyres can still wear, lose air and become brittle. The one of most common causes of blowouts are under inflated tyres. If your car sits in your garage for extended periods, be sure to check your tyre pressure at least once a month.
Charge your battery
Depending on how much you drive, it may not be able to hold a charge as long as it should. If you’re not driving your car as much, your battery may not be charging enough. You may need to disconnect your battery if you’re not going to be using your car for an extended period. Batteries can be costly, you don’t want to have to replace them every few months.
Wash your car
Keep your car clean, even if you’re not driving too much. Dust and dirt can accumulate on the exterior of your car, causing paint damage and rust. Keeping your car clean will also help with resale value. Give your car a good wash at least once a month.
Get a Motor Warranty from Bidvest Insurance
You can still get a Motor Warranty for your car, even if you don’t drive much. Cars that drive less can also suffer mechanical and electrical failures. A Motor Warranty will protect your car from mechanical or electrical breakdowns.
At Bidvest Insurance, we base your Motor Warranty premium in line with your car. We consider: your specific vehicle model, age, and mileage. With a Motor Warranty, you’re covered for:
- Engine components.
- Steering mechanisms.
- Braking systems.
- Fuel systems.
Protect yourself from budget-breaking breakdowns with a Mechanical Warranty from Bidvest Insurance.