Keeping your car running well is especially important at the moment, but it's likely you're using it much less than you would normally, or you may not be using it at all. Cars are designed to be driven, and their condition can deteriorate if they're not used enough, or they're parked up for extended periods of time. We've put together some suggested checks and basic maintenance you can do to help keep your car in good condition during the lock-down.
Our dealerships remain open for essential maintenance and repairs, so if you have any safety concerns relating to your car, please contact us and we will be happy to offer advice.
Even when your car is switched off, some of its systems remain active and this can drain the battery if you're not using the car. There are a few ways you can avoid a flat battery:
Tyres are what connect you to the road, and as such their condition is very important from a safety perspective. There are a number of checks you should make regularly:
When a vehicle is unused for a period of time surface rust will quickly start to build up on the brake discs. While this will look unsightly, it is mostly harmless. However, if it is left for long periods, scoring of the brake discs could occur meaning they might need to be replaced.
You may also find that the car's handbrake will stick if it is left on for a long period of time.
In order to ensure your car keeps running correctly you should check the following fluid levels regularly, this is especially important if you've been unable to have your car serviced due to the lock-down:
You car's handbook will tell you how to check these. If you think any of them are low, please contact us and we will advise you what to do.
If you don't use your car's air conditioning for a period of time the seals within the system can dry out. If this happens, the coolant gas can escape and the system will no longer be able to cool the air.
The best way to avoid this is to make sure you run the air conditioning at least once a week when you are running the car, even if the weather isn't warm enough to normally need it - You can run the air conditioning and heating at the same time.