New car purchases were down from a height of 186,540 in 2007 to 89,896 in 2011, according to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry. People in Ireland, today, are driving older cars than they were at the height of the boom.
If your car is ageing, it is more important than ever that you ensure it is maintained. Just like renewing your car insurance policy, tax and having your car pass the National Car Test (NCT) you must keep the overall maintenance in order.
Getting your car serviced can be a hefty cost for drivers in the current market, but it is an essential outlay. You should ensure that your car is serviced regularly. Many mechanics are offering deals in today’s market, so shop around for experienced professionals with good offers.
In between services, carry out monthly checks on your vehicle such as oil, water and visual checks.
Checking tyres is another must. Make sure the thread depth of 1.6mm is maintained, and that your tyres are inflated correctly. If you have your car for more than three to four years, you should check to see if your tyres need changing.
Brake maintenance is another necessity. While brake failure is a rare occurrence these days due to modern technology, various signs will indicate damage to your brakes. You should keep an eye out for the following:
- A strange vibration when braking.
- High pitched noise, or unusual squealing, when you put your foot on the brake.
- Clicking noises when you brake; they could signal damaged brake discs.
- The brake fluid warning light coming on constantly.
- An increase in stopping distances.