Buying a car is easy. Maintaining it in top shape is hard work. Whether it’s a new car or a pre-owned one, regular check-ups and maintenance routines can extend its life, while making yours easier! 

A well maintained car is not only more reliable, but will also save you money on heavy repairs. As they say – a stitch in time saves nine!

Here are 10 basic car care and maintenance tips from to help you get the most of your car in Bhutan. 

  1. Give your car a regular wash: Give your car a good wash to keep it free from accumulated dust, mud, dirt and bird droppings. A clean and shiny car can say a lot about you! Use a vehicle cleaning formula and micro fiber towels to avoid swirl marks. 

  2. Wax your car to maintain the shine: Waxing your car regularly protects the paint job from harmful UV rays, pollution and bird droppings. It also adds that extra shine!

  3. Ensure clear visibility: Make sure that the windshield, the windows and mirrors are clean and not broken before you begin driving. Low visibility can be a serious safety issue. 

  4. Replace faulty wipers: We think of wipers only when it rains or snows. But it can be frustrating to find them not working when you really need them! Dirty, damaged or worn out wiper blades can impair visibility during rain or snow, and can lead to unpleasant driving experiences or incidents. Clean the wiper blades regularly and check for wear & tear to keep them functioning effectively. 

  5. Clean the interiors frequently: Clean and vacuum the interiors regularly to keep it free from dirt, stains, bad odors, and allergens. Dust and wipe the mats once a week, or as needed. You would need more frequent cleaning if you have young children or pets! Remember, the interiors can leave lasting impressions on people who ride your car.

  6. Be a considerate driver: Accelerate slowly when you begin to drive, and shift to neutral at red lights to give the engine some rest. A little care while driving can go a long way to extend the life of your car, and avoid unnecessary repairs and sudden breakdowns. 

  7. Maintain the tires: Check the tire pressure at regular intervals. Keep them inflated to manufacturer specified pressure. Underinflated tires can result in lower mileage and poor handling. Also check for wear & tear or other signs of damage regularly. Worn out tires can lead to major accidents while driving.

  8. Check the lights: Give attention to the headlights, tail-lights and indicators, and keep them clean. Replace faulty or broken bulbs that can cause safety issues, especially while driving in the night. 

  9. Top-up the oils and fluids: The fluids are crucial for smooth running of an engine. Check and top-up the coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, etc. periodically to avoid breakdowns. Changing the engine oil regularly helps flush out abrasive dirt and metal particles out of the engine, leading to longer engine life and better performance.

  10. Schedule professional check-ups: Not all car maintenance tasks can be done at home. Scheduling regular tune-ups and check-ups with a professional car care centre can go a long way in preserving your car in good shape.

Remember, most contemporary cars have sensors and use warning lights on the instrument panel to notify about issues that require urgent attention. You can get to know the significance of these warning lights from the user manual. Do not ignore these warning signs. Get professional help if required.

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