If you just bought a car or you have owned your car for a while, you need to understand the basics of car maintenance. While you don’t need to handle everything on your own, you should still get a good understanding of how to handle any issues that might arise in your car.

Inspecting Your Vehicle

When it comes to inspecting your vehicle, you should know the basics so you can always make sure that your vehicle is running the way it should. For a start, you should make sure your tyre tread is sufficient and the tyres are properly inflated. Additionally, you should inspect all of your engine belts to make sure there is no damage to them. Lastly, check your oil to make sure it is at the level it should be and ensure your vehicle has enough coolant and brake fluid to operate the correct way. Additionally, if you plan on doing some driving at night, you really should check your headlights, taillights and turn signals to make sure they all work. These are captured as a part of your Warrant of Fitness checks, however, they can fail in between the inspection periods.

Conduct Regular Maintenance

To keep your car in the best shape, there are some things you need to do on a regular basis. You should make sure your oil gets changed every 5,000 kms and your tires rotated every 10,000 kms. Additionally, you need to replace your brake pads about every 30,000 kms and get new spark plugs every 50,000 kms if not earlier (you can check them first for wear on the electrode or general arbonation around the bottom part of the plug. Continuing on with the changes you might need, the air filter should be checked or replaced every 6 months or so as well as the fuel filter. Last but not least, drain and flush the coolant system every year or two and change out your wipers whenever needed.

Use A Professional When Necessary

Not everything that goes wrong with your car is going to be able to be handled on your own. In some instances, you’re going to need to make sure that you can contact the right people to get the job done. If you don’t have anyone you know to do it, contact your car dealership or a local mechanic to help get the job done the right way.


As you can see, there is a lot of maintenance to keep up when it comes to your vehicle. If you follow the guide outlined above, you will have no problem keeping your car running in the best shape possible. For any parts needed or installation, check out our pages and give us a call on (09) 441 3152.