Congratulations, you have just bought your new, used-car and it’s everything that you thought it would be, and more. You got a fantastic deal at the price that you wanted, and the car has all of the added extras that you would usually pay for when you buy new, for free. The dealer has also given you an extended warranty on the engine and gearbox to give you the peace of mind required when you’re out there driving on the roads. The stories that you heard about used car dealers have been found to have been unwarranted and your used-car dealer treated you with respect and ensured that he got you the deal that you wanted.
However, as with any car, there are ongoing expenses incurred when you take to Australia’s roads, and keeping a car on the road can prove to be very expensive for a lot of people. First of all, there is the road tax, and then there is the annual checks to make sure that the vehicle is roadworthy. After that, you have to have insurance to drive on the road to protect you and other road users. All of this needs to be paid for before you even put fuel in the tank and so any way that you can save money making some repairs yourself, needs to be embraced. There is no better feeling than making a repair to your car yourself and that sense of accomplishment that you feel when everything goes right, is one that everyone should get to experience at least once.
The following are some of the DIY repair tips that most car owners can do themselves, and so when you see a sign saying ‘used cars for sale in Canberra’, you know that you will be able to take care of a number of the smaller things that need to be done, to keep your engine running smoothly and to keep your car on the road.
- Keep an eye on the clock – As the vehicle owner, it is your job to keep an eye on the number of miles that appear on your speedometer. At certain intervals, the car needs to have specific things done to it and if you fail to do this, you may end up damaging the car’s engine. One example is the timing belt, and this needs to be changed when your car’s engine runs up 100,000 miles. You really need to keep an eye on this because if you fail to get it changed and it breaks, the whole engine could be ruined and you may have to replace the whole thing.
- Check the tyres – The tyres are part of the car that you need to keep your eye on at all times. The tyre these need to have a sufficient depth of rubber to allow the car to be able to grip the road and stop you quickly and safely, in the event of an accident. Tyres are easy to check and if you look closely, you will see there are markers inside the grooves of the tyre, and once the rubber gets down to this level, it’s time to change them. Also check the walls of your tyre for wear and tear and you notice a crack or a rip, then it’s time to change them also.
Keeping an eye on such things will allow you to save money over the long term and also keep you and your family safe on the roads. It only takes a moment to check these things and it could end up saving your life.