Alright, let’s talk about keeping your car in tip-top shape, even when it’s just hanging out in your driveway or garage.
First Things First: Will Your Brakes go on Strike if You Don’t Drive for a While?
It’s possible, especially if your car’s catching some Z’s outdoors. During a rainy spell your brake pads may be susceptible to rust. But no sweat – it’s a pretty common thing and you can dodge it with some simple car TLC.
Keep your car on its toes by moving it a bit every week. No need for a road trip – just a little back-and-forth in your driveway or garage works. If you’ve got a flat spot to park, try leaving it in gear with the handbrake off, but make sure to block those wheels.
Now, What About Prepping Your Brakes for a Break?
Before you give your car a rest, do a quick health check. Look at the brake fluid, check for any leaks, and listen for any weird noises like grinding when you brake. That could mean your brake pads are wearing thin. Also, watch out for dragging brakes – it feels like your car’s resisting and can cause some serious wear and tear. And if your car’s pulling to one side when you brake, you might be dealing with a seized calliper or pad. Spot any of these issues? Get them sorted at your local garage before you park up for a while.
Top Tips to Keep Your Car Happy, Whether it’s Hitting the Road or Taking a Break:
- Cover Up: If you’ve got a garage, use it. No garage? Consider a weatherproof cover to protect your car from the elements.
- Fuel’s Gold: Keep that tank topped up to stop moisture from building up, and you’ll be ready to roll anytime.
- Battery Buddy: Not driving much? Your battery might get lazy. Fire up your car now and then for about 10-15 minutes to keep it charged and happy. Just remember, if you’re doing this in a garage, pull out into the driveway first to avoid any exhaust fume issues.
- Spick and Span: Give your car a good clean inside and out before any long breaks. You don’t want any surprise Mold or paint damage from bird droppings.
- Tyre Time: Check your tyre pressure and make sure everything’s sealed tight. Cars sitting idle can develop flat spots on the tyres, so consider taking it for a quick spin or just rolling it a bit to mix things up.
- Service with a Smile: Regular check-ups are key, especially after tough winter months. Keep up with your services and maintenance.
- Insurance Insight: Don’t forget, your car needs insurance all the time, unless you’ve declared it off-road with a SORN.
FAQs for Car Care During Downtime:
- How long can a car stay without being driven? About two weeks is the max for a happy battery.
- How often should you start an idle car? A quick 15-minute run weekly should keep battery blues away. If you can’t drive it, just let it run in place.
- What about my MOT? You still need a valid MOT unless you’ve got a SORN. No shortcuts here!
So, there you have it – some friendly advice to keep your car in great shape, whether you’re out and about or just laying low for a while! 🚗💨🔧
Ready to Keep Your Car in Peak Condition? Let Marsh Finance Guide You!
Keeping your car in great shape, even when it’s not hitting the roads, is essential. But what’s equally important? Ensuring that when the time comes to get back out there, you’re doing it in a car that truly suits your needs.
Thinking of upgrading to a car that’s easier to maintain or better suits your lifestyle? Our expansive car marketplace offers thousands of options across the UK, making it easy to find your perfect match. And with our quick, 30-second application process and same-day approval, we make getting behind the wheel of your new car as smooth as your well-maintained engine.
Discover Your Dream Car with Marsh Finance – Where every journey, even the ones not yet taken, starts with a well-cared-for vehicle!
Finance is subject to status
Rates from 12.9%
Representative example: borrowing £10,000 over 60 Months with a representative of 23.0% APR, an annual interest rate of 23.0% (fixed) and a deposit of £0.00, the amount payable would be 59 repayments of £269.58 per month, with one final repayment of £279.58 (which includes the option to purchase fee of £10.00), with a total cost of credit of £6,184.80 and a total amount payable of £16,184.80. Marsh Finance Limited are a lender, not a broker.
Marsh Finance Limited are a lender, not a broker.
This is for illustrative purposes only and is not a quote or an offer of finance.