The wear and tear on our cars say a lot about the daily struggle they go through just to get us to our destinations. From navigating through multiple roads and multiple cars to dealing with bad roads and ‘crazy’ drivers, our cars go through a lot on the road. If you live in a busy state with road traffic congestion, like Lagos, your car would probably have ‘war scars’.
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While it is clear that driving has become part and parcel of a hectic city life, many do not realise that they need to regularly attend to their cars, as part of a normal routine. How well and how often do we take care of our car? That is the question. For starters, to keep your car running smoothly, it is important to have a regular check-up. Then, it is also crucial to give it a body makeover from time to time, to give it that sparkle that is befitting for your profile. In the spirit of the festivities, there is no better time to do this than now. Germaine Auto offers a service spa that will not only get you smiling from ear to ear, but would also be friendly to your pocket.
With a state of the art facility that is equipped with hi-tech, ultra-modern tools and equipment that can cater to the full servicing of over a thousand vehicles, Germaine Auto aims at giving the best care to your car. So, after all the road ‘battles’ fought by your car in the course of the year, wouldn’t it be nice to give it some pampering? Premium, genuine replacement parts that will ensure a lasting and satisfying repair for whatever car brand or model you drive is what Germaine Auto offers your car
You can rest easy, knowing that your car is being taken care of by the best hands as Germaine Auto only hires and trains the best technicians. These mechanics are up-to-date in their knowledge of the ever-changing automotive industry.
A total makeover does not have to hurt your pocket. Germaine Auto offers significant discounts on vehicle services, as well as towing service in the case of an emergency. This services also include a maintenance credit programme with VFD Microfinance Bank that offers clients a 30-day credit cycle on all repair, body work and vehicle maintenance jobs.
The best thing you can give your car, especially during this festive season, when you would probably do a lot of driving around, is a complete Germaine Auto makeover. Your car should not only ‘feel’ beautiful, it should look beautiful. After all, in the words of Alexandra Paul, “The cars we drive say a lot about us.”
Buying a new car should never be done in a hurry. Before making that purchase decision, it is important you think and plan the brand, model and type of car you would like to buy. Amongst other things, this will ensure that you don’t end up overpaying for a car you would probably end up not enjoying. It is, therefore, crucial for you to fully know and understand what it is you are buying before you take the plunge. Here are a few things to do before deciding to purchase that new car:
Research the car
Researching never goes out of style. Use this opportunity to find out all the information you need about the car – the selling price from different car dealers, the functionality and system operation. If any recall was ever done on the car model, what exactly was it recalled for? These are major things you should research about before taking those excited steps to the car dealership.
Let someone tag along
Make sure you go with someone who has a vast knowledge of cars and their mechanisms. They will be able to spot any issues the car might have or any other issues the car might have underlined. Even if you are an expert or a mechanic, it is still important to still take someone with you for a second opinion if things get confusing.
Do a test drive
This is an important thing you must do when you want to buy a new car. The sales agents usually offer this option so you can have a feel of the car. When you are test driving, look out for unusual noises like rattles or clunks. Do you feel confident using the brakes? Do the gears change smoothly? Is the steering too soft? Too hard? Or just perfect? Consider the comfortability of the car. Will it accommodate your daily routine? Is there enough room for your family or for shopping? Rev the engine. Does it sound normal to you? These steps are crucial if you want to be on the safe side with your purchase.
Check the locks
If the locks work automatically or use an immobilizer lock, use the key remotely, and then check to be sure the car is properly locked without any issue. Then, test the key on the lock manually.
Air conditioning and stereo
These features will prove very useful on days when you are stuck in a gridlock traffic and the weather is scorching. Therefore, turn them on and check to be sure they are in perfect condition.
Lights and signals
Look out for the lights and signals. Turn them on and walk around the car to see for yourself if they work properly. Your friend that tagged along can come handy here. While you drive the car, turn on the lights and signals and have your friend follow the car from behind to check if the lights and signals work.
Buying a new car is exciting, but you also need to get all the information you need so you do not end up with a buyer’s remorse.
Having a baby is one of the greatest gifts of life. The happiness and joy that comes with it sometimes cannot be described in words. The bond and love created by childbirth is seen when new mothers hold their babies next to their bodies, rocking them gently, singing or talking to them, and nursing them happily. Usually, it’s such a wonderful and amazing feeling. In turn, the constant and consistent care given to the baby ensures a trusting relationship and lifelong attachment.
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Even for inanimate objects, this holds true a lot of the time – the more you care for and attend to them, the better and longer they will serve you. Perhaps, one thing to which this applies so much is your car. How well you treat and care for your car determines how well it serves you. Even if your car is some years old, and has done over 100,000 miles, it doesn’t mean you should give up on it. Treating your car like a baby can make it thrive and increase its lifespan. Here are 5 ways you can increase the lifespan of your car.
Using a high-grade filter and high-quality synthetic oil when changing your engine oil can extend the lifespan of an engine. This ensures that the oil’s fluidity is maintained, and there is less possibility for it to break down when the engine gets hot. At the same time, a good filter will eliminate any unwanted particles from the oil. It is important to double-check to be sure that the products being used are appropriate for your car. The ultimate end result is that your car engine will last longer.
Driving your car for a long time without necessary checks on your power steering, brake fluids and coolant can be a problem. It is advised that every driver checks these every 20,000 miles. If they are gritty or smell burnt, it means you need a change of fluid. Also, if your orange coolant is now red, a fluid change is needed. Then, if it has a cloudy appearance, it may mean your engine needs to be serviced. The aim is to keep the engine as good as new.
Driving off immediately, after your car has been parked overnight or for longer is not advisable. The period the car has been parked has made the oil settle in the oil pan, leaving the moving parts of the engine without lubrication. It is advisable to wait 30 seconds or more to allow the car warm up without revving the engine. This will allow the oil pump, so the engine can function perfectly.
4.Ensure Consistent Body Hygiene
Washing and waxing your car regularly can extend its life. Stormy and harsh weather, for instance, can break down a car’s body. Moody road can even affect the brakes. It is wise to drive your car in for an underbody wash to limit the damage caused by the moody road. Consistent body hygiene will keep your car from rusting.
Constant stressing of your car can take it off the road long before you know it. A typical example is – you don’t need to accelerate from zero to 60 in record time or stomping on the brakes at every light. These and other such actions don’t make you a better driver; they only reduce the lifespan of your car. So, play nice when driving your car and give it the care it deserves.
In essence, if you take the time to keep up with the regular checks and treat your car like a baby, your car will ‘love’ you back and give you more than you can imagine.