Easy tips to save on car maintenance

Owning a car can be expensive, and with the current global crisis, making sure your cash goes as far as possible is more important than ever. Reduce the costs of car maintenance and keep your car on the road for less with these basic tips and tricks!

A simple change in the way you drive can extend the life of your clutch, brakes and tyres, while saving petrol. Drive at a calm pace, keep your revs low, and brake gently. Avoid riding the clutch while waiting at a traffic light or stop street, as this puts unnecessary strain on your clutch.

Your car probably came with an owner’s manual, and all this extra free time provides the perfect opportunity to learn how to save money by doing some simple work on your car at home. With a bit of time and practice, you’ll be able to change the oil, air filters, fuses, bulbs and more! However, if your car is still under warranty, home repairs may impact your policy – it’s best to check with your service provider before embarking on at-home maintenance.

Be cautious of conducting repairs, services and fitments at unaccredited dealerships, service centres and fitment centres which may fit unapproved accessories or second-hand parts, or perform services you don’t need. Do some research beforehand and only go to service and fitment centres that you can trust; using a well-reputed service centre has the added benefit of increasing your car’s trade-in value. It’s also wise to make sure that the centre you go to has the products you’re looking for before you get there, or you may end up with a sub-standard alternative.

Good parts aren’t cheap and cheap parts aren’t good. “Saving money” by buying inferior parts or by accessorising your vehicle with unapproved accessories is a false economy, as these will only end up costing you more in the long run. They could negatively affect your vehicle warranty, and may not last as long as the OEM-approved alternative. Always invest in high-quality spare parts and your car will thank you!

If your vehicle is outside of the warranty period, many OEM manufacturers of parts and accessories also produce high-quality aftermarket alternatives. When looking for a more cost-effective aftermarket solution, aim for a manufacturer who also offers an OEM-approved product, as this will give you the peace of mind knowing that you have selected an OEM-quality aftermarket alternative.

If you’re thinking about fitting your vehicle with nudge bars, styling bars, side steps, sports bars or running boards, Maxe’s premium range of automotive accessories for bakkies, SUVs and trucks are available from all leading dealerships and fitment centres. Ask for Maxe at your nearest dealership or fitment centre, or discover our new product ranges – including the well-known Kilber and Excalibur brands – and give your car the premium quality accessories it deserves!