Checking Car

If you’ve recently bought a used car, it’s important to keep it in good repair. All used cars we sell are thoroughly checked and in tip top condition before they are sold. Being used cars, they have a history of wear and tear so bear this in mind when it comes to repairs or replacement parts. Keep checking the bodywork for any rust, holes, or wear and tear, then have it repaired sooner rather than later.

To avoid expensive repairs and never be without your motor, here are some easy-to-follow tips to keep you on the road:-

  • The clutch may need replacing eventually as the older the vehicle is, the more it will have been used.
  • Make sure the bulbs in the lights are all working, these don’t last forever.
  • Brake pads are also used a lot and with age will wear down. Have them checked by a professional mechanic on a regular basis.
  • The suspension is always worth checking too depending on the type of driver you are.
  • Windscreen wipers will need to be replaced after several years to maintain a streak-free wiping operation, so you can see clearly.

Have your used car serviced regularly

It’s a good idea to have your used car serviced on a regular basis. This will keep your motor in good condition with a mechanic:-

  • Checking the brakes
  • Checking the lights and suspension
  • Letting you know if any parts need replacing

Diesel cars that aren’t used very often or not driven far sometimes have issues like diesel particulate filter problems. The car will emit black smoke and stop working eventually. When this happens costs for repairs can rise into thousands of pounds. Make sure, if your car is a diesel, to drive it long distances to prevent filter problems from occurring.

Fixing Wheel

A few more handy hints, tips and advice

Don’t forget to top up all of the liquids in your car like water, antifreeze, coolant and oil. Once you have bought your used car and it’s in the driveway give it a once over, check that all of the liquids are topped up. Do this once a month to be on the safe side.

Warning lights are there for a purpose so if one is flashing, find out the problem straight away.

There are minimum and maximum tyre pressures that apply to all vehicles. Make sure your tyres are at the right pressure and use a 20p piece to see there’s enough tread, otherwise they could be illegal. Replace any worn tyres immediately as they pose a danger on the road.

Buying a new or used car comes with lots of responsibility and the need to spend a bit of cash on the vehicle from time to time. This will ensure your vehicle is roadworthy and avoids the need to take it to a mechanic in the future.

To sum up

If you purchase a car from Zoomo Car Credit remember it’s in a tip top condition the day you drive it away. Keep checking tyres, liquids and bodywork say on a monthly basis and the vehicle should last you a long time. Enjoy motoring in a safe and roadworthy car!

Jan has worked in the car finance industry for the past 20 years and I currently run Zoomo Car Credit. I specialise in car finance, helping customers who who have bad credit get accepted!