Get familiar with your car’s maintenance requirements as well as some technical basics…
So you bought a new car – complete with the new car smell, gadgets, the shimmering paint-job, the freedom only a new car can provide. However, your new pride and joy requires maintenance and care.
You don’t need to be a petrol-head or have a master’s degree in mechanical engineering to make sure your new ride is running smoothly for years to come, but you need to be familiar with your car’s maintenance requirements as well as some technical basics.
Get It Serviced
The most important thing you can do for your car is to ensure it is regularly serviced by an authorised dealer. A service plan covers these services for a set amount of years or a certain amount of kilometres driven, whichever comes first. For example, new Ford vehicles come with a warranty and a complimentary Ford Protect service plan.* If you opt for a Ford Fiesta or a Ford EcoSport for instance, you get:
At each service, technicians check that your car is running as it should be. Your service plan will cover the costs of labour and service parts – oil, filters, and spark plugs.
You should also have your vehicle serviced by an authorized dealer as they will be familiar with your vehicle and have all the necessary equipment to work on it, and you won’t need to worry about dodgy parts. Your dealer will have parts designed specifically for your car. For example, Ford drivers receive Genuine Ford Parts, which have their own 20,000km/12-month warranty.
Get an Extended Service Plan
Unexpected repairs can be costly. However, you can protect your wallet by purchasing an extended service or maintenance plan, which will cover you over and above the warranty/service plan that you received with your vehicle.
These plans come in different shapes and sizes. For example, Ford Protect recently launched a range of comprehensive extended service and maintenance plans that can be purchased while your car is still under the New Vehicle Warranty. These options include:
Get your hands dirty
Some things you need to do yourself. These helpful maintenance basics from Ford Motor Company of South Africa will help you keep your car in tip-top condition:
Make sure to clean your wiper blades and if your wiper blades leave lines of water on your windshield in wet weather, they may be cracked and it is time for new ones.
If you are ever in doubt, check your owner’s manual and your warranty/service guide. These booklets contain all the information you need to know as a car owner – how your car works, what consumables to use, what falls under the warranty and your service plan, and much more.