If you’re lucky enough to have a luxury car in your driveway, it’s probably your pride and joy. Maybe it’s an executive Mercedes or fancy Jaguar. Perhaps it’s a luxury sports car or an old classic motor. Whatever your vehicle of choice, it’s up to you to keep it in pristine condition. Any mark or blemish on your vehicle tarnishes the beauty, and that’s before we’ve inspected the engine.
You want your luxury car to last as long as possible. The precious engine should have years of good life ahead of it, and it’s your job to keep it that way. One of the best things about owning a luxury car is the feeling of driving something beautiful. It’s the turning of heads and the jealous looks from passers-by. To make the most of this, you need to keep on top of the cleaning and maintenance. Here’s how you make sure your luxury car stays showroom fresh.
Cleaning your car isn’t just an aesthetic necessity. It’s also good for the health and wellbeing of your pride and joy. Dirt, bugs and bird droppings will erode the paintwork and cause damage to the chassis. Regular cleaning will also reduce the likelihood of developing rust. Try to avoid electric car washes and instead clean the car by hand. Use a specific car shampoo and finish with chamois leather and wax. It may also be worth buying a small amount of paint to keep the body looking perfect.
Once you’ve taken care of the outside of the car, it’s time to get under the bonnet. If you don’t keep on top of the regular maintenance, it could put extra strain on your engine. The engine is the beating heart of your vehicle, and if it suffers damage, it could shave years off its life. Tend to the fluids by checking the oil and coolant once every two weeks. Top it up and replace if necessary. Check your tyres too as the incorrect pressure can cause trouble. Finally, measure the tyre tread and make sure it’s above 2mm at all times.
There are some engine problems you just can’t diagnose yourself. Even the savviest of self-maintenance geeks will miss clutch problems or suspension issues. For that reason, it’s wise to drop your car in for an annual health check. The likes of Mercedes usually offer this as part of your package. See their website at www.merecedes-benz.inchcape.co.uk/ for more information on servicing options. Take advantage of this whenever possible.
Drive It Sensibly
Of course, you probably want to let the engine loose now and then. Especially if your luxury car is a sports model. However, you’ll extend the life and preserve the engine by driving sensibly. That means accelerating slowly and changing gears at the correct time. Call us old-fashioned, but we’d rather the car last ten years than burn out in a ball of flames!
Your luxury car deserves to be treated with care and respect. So, follow this advice and keep it in showroom condition.