How do I make my car last?

People often ask us this question. Here are our top tips:

  1. Start with a car you really like. If you don’t like your car you’ll never go the distance.
  2. Change the oil and filter every year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. If there is one maintenance activity that will extend the life of your car’s engine, this is it.
  3. Use factory equipment parts or dealer approved parts. They are more compatible with your car. I believe in keeping a Volvo a Volvo!
  4. Use one brand of oil. It assures uniform quality.
  5. Spend a few minutes a week checking under the bonnet. Even the most mechanically challenged car owners can look for low fluid levels or deterioration of belts and hoses.
  6. Wash your car regularly. A clean car gives you an excellent opportunity to look for small nicks and scratches.
  7. Wax your car at least twice a year. It provides a greater level of protection against oxidation.
  8. Develop a good relationship with your mechanic and garage. Both are your partners in the long run.
  9. Use petrol from a busy service station. Without heavy traffic, petrol is stored fro long periods and can degrade over time.
  10. When your car starts to make a funny noise, don’t ignore it. The longer you wait, the greater the potential for damage.
  11. Replace the timing belt when it is due. The cost of this is far cheaper than replacing the engine!