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Top tips to help extend the life of pre-owned cars

    Pre-owned cars offer an affordable transportation option but the problem is most of these cars are at least 3-4 years old and need considerable maintenance. Proper care and maintenance regime ensure that the cars run longer at a reasonable mileage and the problems don’t keep raising their ugly head every day.
    • Avoid racing while starting the car:

    This is a very convenient way to add years to your used car without much of a hassle. It is more a matter of habit but can go a long way in extending the life of your car. Your car will reward you with longer intervals between repairs as a result.
     
    • Accelerate gradually:

    The maximum damage to a car is generally in the first 15-20 minutes of driving as a result of knee-jerk speeding. A simple way to keep your used vehicle in good condition is increase the speed gradually as that puts much lesser strain on the engine.
     
    • Change to neutral gear at traffic signals:

    Both in terms of fuel consumption as well as improving the longevity of your car, it makes sense to keep your car in the neutral position when you are waiting at traffic signals.
     
    • Extend tyre life by driving carefully:

    Sudden braking is not good and may end up in frequent repairs. Moreover, it also impacts tyre condition. Avoid potholes and kerbs as much as possible. Even while parking, don’t run your vehicle over the kerbs. This can go a long way in keeping the tyres in tiptop condition for longer duration.
     
    • Consolidate your driving trips:

    Too many instances of start-stop put a strain on the engine. It is always a good idea to drive your car for longer duration and finish as much work in one trip as possible. So instead of running errands several times, make a list and complete them all in one go. This also saves fuel.
     
    All these measures reduce the wear and tear of the engine to a large extent. Moreover, they help cut down the emission of your car too. As a result, mindful driving can be a convenient way to keep maintenance costs and also emissions under control.