A car is an extension of one&’s personality, they say and keeping it in top shape with regular maintenance will not only prolong the vehicles’ life and give years’ of hassle-free ownership experience but will also command a decent resale value when you finally decide to part ways.

Even if you don’t possess any technical prowess, fret not and just focus on five key areas — Engine, Tyres, Brakes, Interiors, and Fluids to ensure that your ride keeps on munching miles for years without burning a hole in your pocket.

Engine

The heart and brain of a car and the most expensive to repair. Therefore, requires utmost attention and care. However, warning signs like stalling, rough idling, or any strange noises from the engine compartment should not be ignored. Diagnosing a problem on time and getting it repaired can save a huge expense later.

Tyres

The shoes for your car. Make sure they are properly inflated as per the manufacturer’s specified pressure. An under inflated tyre will hit the fuel efficiency while an excess air in the tyres will negatively affect the ride quality. It is advised to keep an electronic tyre inflator and gauge in the car. More importantly, tyres should be replaced when worn out. Take the help of a local tyre dealer if you aren’t sure how to identify tread wear indicators.

Brakes

Most modern cars are equipped with disc brakes at the front as well as the rear so periodically checking brake fluid is a must. If you feel that the brakes have are appearing to lose bite, visit the authorized workshop immediately to get the brakes checked immediately. After all, a set of brakes can be the difference between life and death in case of an accident.

Interiors and Exteriors

The interiors and exteriors of a car in a way reflect a lot about the owner. Clean and pleasantly smelling interiors send across a positive message. So, vacuum the inside, polish the dashboard and ensure no unnecessary stuff is lying in the backseat or the boot. Wash and wax the exteriors regularly as well. Remember, clean interiors and exteriors are often the selling points when it&’s time to part ways.

Fluids

Engine oil, brake oil, coolant etc. are the blood of your car and without them; the car won’t go much far. Learn how to check different your oil levels. Other fluids like power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windshield washer fluid are equally important and should be checked once a month. If there is a dip in the levels, a top up is must.