Now more than ever we need to look after our vehicles to avoid big repair costs when visiting the garage.
With the cost of living, energy bills, and petrol/diesel prices fluctuating, keeping our cars on the road and keeping fuel waste down has become ever more important.
Here’s IT Garage Services’ top tips for keeping your garage bills down and your visit to the petrol pumps to an absolute minimum!
1. Check the Fluids.
Checking the fluids under the bonnet and keeping them topped up is essential to keep your car running smoothly. A lot of modern cars have sensors that will alert you when something is low, but it is still essential you make regular checks as this will help you notice if something is amiss like a leak.
The 3 main fluids to keep an eye on are:
- Engine Oil
- Brake Fluid
2. Inspect Under the Bonnet Regularly.
If you’re not used to poking about under the bonnet of your car, checking the engine and internal parts may feel like a daunting task. You don’t need to be a mechanic to be able to spot a problem, but if you’re not confident, take your car in for servicing at a garage regularly. Prevention is so much less expensive than a full-blown repair.
Among the things you can check yourself are spark plugs and wires, fuel injectors, belts, hoses, tensioners, suspension, brakes, and clutches. Refer to your manual or check with your local Inverness garage like IT Garage Services for advice if needed.
3. Check your Tyres
Over time, your tyres will wear out and the grip they give you on the road will lessen. Change your tyres when needed to make sure you have the right amount of friction while you are on the road. That goes for tyre pressure too! This will save you money on fuel consumption and is a key safety check before you hit the road.
Place a 20p coin into the main tread grooves of your tyre. If you can’t see the raised edge around the coin, your tyre’s tread is fine. If you can still see the outer band, your tyre could well be unsafe and you should see your local Inverness garage – IT Garage Services.
You can check what pressure your tyres should be in your car’s manual and most petrol stations have pressure checkers to keep you right.
Drive Well to Save Big
• Accelerate and Brake Responsibly
Aggressive acceleration and sudden brakes might make you feel a little more like Lewis Hamilton, but it harms your vehicle’s fuel efficiency greatly.
Opening your windows can play a big part in your car’s aerodynamics, even if they are just open a crack. At high speeds, this open window will affect the drag and, in turn, your fuel efficiency.
• Check Your Weight
The more weight there is in the car, the higher your fuel costs are going to be.
• Clean Your Filters
Keep the clean car ethos going and make sure to clean your dirty or clogged fair and oil filters. Get your engine serviced regularly and the more you keep that engine working at an optimal level, the less you’ll spend on fuel.
• Leave The Car at Home and Save Money on Motoring
If you don’t need to drive somewhere, then don’t. Take the bus, walk, carpool with a friend. Anything that makes you not turn that ignition on is going to help you make savings on your fuel costs.
Where Can I Find Local Inverness Garage Service?
IT Garage Services is your one-stop-shop for car repair in Inverness providing services like:
- Car servicing Inverness.
- MOTs Inverness.
- Brake tests and repair.
- Fast fit services Inverness.
- Diagnostics and repair.
and many more local garage services that’ll keep your used car in tip-top condition.
Where to find the best garage near me?
You can find the best garage in Inverness – IT Garage Services at
Contact us now to book an appointment or for any enquiries:
Monday -Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 8 am to 1 pm