the UK under the instruction of making ‘essential trips only’, cars across the
country are gathering dust on driveways and in garages.
make sure your car is in working condition when the time comes for you to get
back on the road, we are offering some easy tips for local
Chapman, Retailer Principal at Ray Chapman Motors Malton, said:
“Like everyone else, we’re really looking forward to getting back on the roads,
going on holiday and visiting friends and family across the country when we
can. However, after months of being largely stationary, your car might not be
in peak condition to set off on a long journey straight away.
are a number of quick and easy steps you can take at home to ensure your car
isn’t deteriorating due to a lack of use. Here are my top tips:
good baseline for battery usage is to run your car’s engine for five minutes
every three or four days when your car isn’t being used. This helps ensure the
battery stays charged. The battery would usually re-charge as you drive the
car, so when the car is not in use, the battery is more likely to go flat
without you noticing.
your car on the side of the road for weeks on end isn’t ideal for keeping it in
perfect condition because it’ll be exposed to direct sunlight, rain and dust.
It’s a good idea to try to park your car somewhere sheltered such as a garage.
However, if this isn’t possible, it might be a good idea to invest in a car
cover to help protect your car from the elements. This will also mean you avoid
being met with frost-covered windows when you’re on your way to the shop!
is actually a myth that you need to leave your car’s engine on for a few
minutes before you set off to ‘warm it up’. This, in fact, wastes fuel
unnecessarily and is harmful to the environment – all that is required is 30
seconds to circulate the engine’s oil, then you’re good to go. The best way to
bring your engine up to operating temperature is to drive the car gently at
car’s tyres naturally lose pressure over time, and it’s all too easy to miss
this when your car is parked up for weeks on end. On average, tyres lose about
one to two PSI of pressure per month, so be sure to check them before you drive
your car again, even if it’s just a short journey. Use a tyre pressure gauge to
check your tyres are correctly inflated (you’ll find the recommended pressure
in your car’s handbook, on the car’s bodywork you see when you open the
driver’s door, or on the inside of the fuel filler cap). If the pressures are
even slightly lower than recommended, using a foot pump or visiting a local
petrol station to fill them up will set them right.
“During lockdown, most car retailers are still operational for MoT tests, services and repairs, so if you think there is something wrong with your car, it is still possible to have it checked out. If you can’t leave your house, or would just like some advice about preparing your car for regular use, many showrooms are available for virtual appointments so you can ask questions. If you’ve even decided to replace your old car or just want a new one, you can still purchase during lockdown. We are currently offering 0% APR finance, up to £100 off accessories and a SIM card with 100GB of data on all our Volvo Selekt Approved Used cars until Sunday 31st January”
To book a virtual appointment for the Volvo Selekt Weekend, click the Dealership link below or give us a call on 01653 693 751 for Malton or 01904 789 789 for our York Dealership.
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