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Looking after a car

Looking after a car

Advice on keeping your car running reliably & preventing deterioration

Whether you run a new or an old car, an A1 concours winner or a running restoration project, it makes sense to maintain it, and look after it, as well as possible. This section of oldclassiccar will focus on some of the simple ways to keep your car in decent condition, without it necessarily having to cost you a fortune. Even just a regular routine of checks and adjustments can keep deterioration at bay on any car, old or new. This is especially important for any vehicle that is used on a daily basis, or that has to live outside, without the benefit of a cosy garage when the weather is doing its worst!

Much of what will feature here will be aimed at people running their first car, and who may be a little daunted by it all. Hopefully some of the hints and advice that will appear here will also benefit more seasoned motorists. If there is a field of motoring that you are an expert in (for instance how to preserve an old interior) I'd be happy to feature your thoughts here, the idea being to benefit motorists new and old alike!

The cost of motoring is never particularly cheap, but a little preventative maintenance can go a long way in warding off really big, unforeseen, bills. This approach applies equally to someone driving a 40 year old classic, as it will the driver of a shiny new motorcar. The 'advances' in automobile technology mean that there is less and less that the hands-on motorist can actually do under the bonnet of their car, a myriad of computers and mysterious black boxes has put paid to many Sunday afternoon tinkerers. This is where the older car comes in to its own, as most of the parts under the bonnet of an old car are usually fairly obvious, easy to get at, and usually not too scary to try and fix. Despite this, the modern car driver can still do some jobs to keep his/her vehicle in decent condition.

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Looking after your tyres
A little regular maintenance will go a long way in avoiding future unnecessary repair work, as already mentioned. Simply keeping an eye on your car's tyre pressures costs nothing but a few moments of time, yet may well prolong the life of your tyres long after a set of badly maintained tyres would have been consigned to the bin. Not that tyres go in a bin of course, but you get my drift. With a set of tyres for a modern car easily costing 300-400 GBP a time, it makes sense to check these things regularly. Factory supplied handbooks go in to great detail about the regular checks that should be made by the motorist, but I bet few of these handbooks ever come out of the glovebox of new cars.

Any advice given on oldclassiccar is just that, advice. If you're not entirely confident about checking something on your car, or working on your car, then I strongly recommend that you seek the guidance of someone who really knows their onions. New car owners should be able to pop down to their local garage to get some advice. This probably won't be an option for a classic or vintage car automobilist, but this is where the one-make enthusiasts car clubs come into their own. Most clubs have plenty of knowledgeable people on board, and are usually willing to impart their wisdom to anyone who is keen to learn about a particular vehicle. The internet is also a great place to locate information specific to a particular car - search engines such as yahoo.com will direct you to such resources.

Articles will be added into this section as and when time permits, so please call in again to see what is new. And as mentioned, if you are an expert in a particular field, I'd be interested to hear from you if you'd like to submit some of your own hints n tips!

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