As the evenings get darker and the temperature drops having your car break down is the last thing you need, spending a small amount of time on the maintenance of your car will ensure it is in its best working order for the chilly months ahead. The money you spend now could save you hundreds down the road, and if winter car preparation prevents a breakdown or even an accident it will be worth every penny. The guys at Motor Market have compiled a list of a few tips that may help your car survive the winter.
1. Keep the battery charged If you do not use your car daily in the winter, it could be worth investing in a battery charger. These can be plugged into the mains to send a trickle charge through to your battery. This will help minimise the chance of a flat battery ruining your festive plans.
2. Keep your windscreen wash topped up You should keep a supply of strong screen wash in your car during the winter months to prevent pipes from freezing and help maintain your car in winter. Before you park up at night, give the windscreen a squirt that should help the pipes should the temperature drop overnight.
3. Keep up to date with maintenance No matter what are your vehicle is, now is the time to be diligent about its maintenance. Keep an eye on antifreeze, oil and brake fluid levels, and be sure to check your tyres regularly.
4. Keep your car clean No one enjoys washing their car in the cold weather, but it is advisable to try and do it at least once a week to reduce the build-up of dirt and grime, herby protecting the bodywork from corrosion. Keep the headlights and number plates clean to ensure other motorists can see you.
5. Check your tyres for pressure and depth, the recommendation is a minimum of 3mm during the winter, this will give you a better grip. You could also look at changing to winter tyres, these will offer you increased grip in the snow and ice. The legal requirement for tyre tread is 1.6mm. Using a 20p coin, you can check if your tread depth is below 1.6mm, simply place the coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If the outer band of the 20p coin is obscured when it is inserted, then your tread is above the legal limit.
6. Consider upgrading Winter is an obvious time to consider upgrading your car to something new and more reliable. Even if the conditions are bad you will now have a vehicle you can rely on, you could consider financing a car rather than buying it outright, Motor Market offers a wide range of finance options, giving you the chance to afford a newer, better specification vehicle that will keep you on the road whatever the weather! Here at Motor Market with every car, we sell you can have complete peace of mind that it will be in tip-top condition. We have partnered with the AA mechanical check service, which provides us with an independent detailed 128 multipoint mechanical check, available for you to check at any point. These reports are provided after a thorough inspection by an AA inspector and only cars which pass on every point are issued with a certificate.