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Getting the most from a new car

You’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your brand new car. This mainly depends on two things: proper maintenance and maximum fuel efficiency.

  • Check tyre pressures monthly, ensuring they meet the recommended pressure listed in the owner’s manual
  • Replace tyres with a tread depth of 3mm or less. They will provide significantly less traction in the wet, potentially causing accidents. Tyres with a tread depth of 1.6mm are legally un-roadworthy
  • Have your car checked by a mechanic if it feels unstable. Improper wheel alignment can cause poor handling and tyre and suspension damage
  • Keep an accurate service log, record all additional oil and tyre changes and note any accidents. Keep all receipts as proof of work done for when it comes time to sell the  car
  • Wash the car regularly and wax occasionally to keep the body shiny and free from corrosion
  • Take care of minor body issues as soon as possible – a small scratch can turn into a serious and expensive rust problem
  • Regularly check your engine oil level – when the engine is off and the car has been stationary for a while, remove the oil dipstick, wipe, reinsert fully and remove again. It should read ‘full’ or a little lower. Contact a mechanic if the oil is white (meaning coolant has mixed with the oil)

  • Travel light whenever possible – an extra 45kg increases fuel consumption by up to two per cent
  • Keep your fuel tank at least one-third full – engines require a steady stream of fuel (not possible if it’s splashing around in the tank) to run efficiently
  • Accelerate smoothly – engines are most efficient at low revolutions per minute
  • Record how many kilometres you travel between refuelling to be aware of any changes in performance

All you need to know about buying a car

 Tips for saving for a car

 Need extra funds? Find a personal loan that suits your needs

 Buying a second hand car? First, complete an ownership check 

 Cover your car for those unexpected moments on the road with car insurance

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