There are a few purchases that really take the toll on our bank balances and one of those is buying a car. Did you know that a brand new car depreciates in value significantly the minute you drive it off the forecourt? Therefore many of us to choose to buy a nearly new car rather than a brand new car.
Even a ex demo car offers better value than brand new and is worth researching before you buy. An ex demo also often has all the extras fitted like heated seats and so on. This could be the best way to secure the perks.
However nearly new does mean that you are likely to spend money maintaining the car sooner than you would with a new car. There are though, a number of ways that you can ensure that you look after the car. By looking after your second-hand car you can keep it in the best condition which in turn saves money in the long run.
The first way to ensure that you are maintaining your car is by making sure that your tyres are in good shape. TyrePlus offers a mobile fitting service which means that it is easy to get your tyres sorted at a time and place convenient to you.
Another way to ensure you maintain your car is to check your water and oil levels. You should never let them run down as it can cause damage to your car engine. Most cars have warning lights for oil and you should familiarise yourself with your warning lights and not ignore them if they come on.
In winter ensure that you have a winter survival pack including a deicer and scraper. This keeps your car in good condition and will keep you safe. It is also good practice to keep a warm jumper, bottle of water and blanket in the car in case of emergencies.
Having a breakdown cover is also advisable and gives you peace of mind when driving. I like the security of knowing that I have someone to come and rescue me if needed!
Ensuring your car is well looked after will reap the benefits long term as it is less likely to have things go wrong that you could have avoided. Also when you come to resell your car it will have held its value better and you can make more money especially if you sell it yourself through Gumtree.