1. Inspect on a regular basis
2. Get it serviced regularly
3. Clean your car at least once a week
The longer a car goes without being properly cleaned, the more dirt and grime it would attract. Accumulated dirt gradually chips the paint away and exposes the metal beneath it. Once the rusting process begins, getting rid of it is difficult and costly. Acidic bird droppings that are left uncleaned can also cause the paintwork to wrinkle.
Clean both the exterior and interior of the car at least once a week. It is sensible to wash it with specially-designed car cleaning products which are better suited for the car. When wiping it down, use a microfiber cloth or sponge to avoid scratch marks. Show your car off by keeping it presentable, inside and out.
4. Keep a car emergency kit
5. Pick the right insurance
6. Do not leave it aside for too long
7. Practise safe driving
The condition of the car depends on its driver. Recklessness on the road puts both the car and driver at a higher risk of accidents. In fact, Malaysia recorded 489,606 road accidents and 6,706 fatalities in 2015, an increase from the year before.
It goes without saying that safe driving is a must. This includes sticking to the speed limit, avoiding distractions, driving at the right distance and staying off the wheel when fatigued or after consuming alcohol. Stay safe to ensure you and your car are both well cared-for.