Yearly Archives: 2020

Signs of Tracking Misalignment

Posted on November 12, 2020 at 2:26 pm

The wheel alignment for a car is often referred to as ‘Tracking’. When this alignment is off, it can create several other issues for your vehicle. A few signs to look out for are:

1. If tyres seem to be wearing out quicker than usual, poor alignment could be the cause.

2. Whilst you are driving, if you feel that the steering wheel is pulling to one side or the other, on a straight flat road, you should get your tracking checked.

3. If the steering seems crooked, unstable or loose it could be due to an alignment issue.

4. Misalignment can make the steering wheel seem unlevel during driving or may stay at an angle even when driving in a straight line.

5. You may even experience your tyres ‘squealing’ on occasion if the tracking is off.

There are several things that can cause wheel misalignment, including worn suspension springs, general wear and tear, hitting a pothole or curb, and is quite common after a small collision. If you suspect you tracking is off, it is best to get it checked out ASAP, as further problems could develop.

Posted in Cars, Tyres

When Should You Check Your Oil?

Posted on September 15, 2020 at 6:43 pm

Back before modern-day oil sensors, it was recommended to check your oil level every week and if you happen to be driving an older car, this is still the case. Newer cars all have a sensor that notifies you when the oil is low however, it is still recommended that you check the oil yourself every few of weeks, after every 1,000 miles and before heading on a long trip. Newer cars can also need topping up now and then.

Checking oil levels are pretty simple. Here are a few things to remember though:

• If you have just been running the car, allow it to cool before checking oil levels.

• Always pull the dip stick out, wipe it clean, then reinsert and pull out again to get an accurate reading.

• If low, top it up with a high-quality engine oil that is compatible with your vehicle.

• If you are having to fill your oil up often, this could indicate a leak and the vehicle should be inspected by a professional mechanic.

• Ensure that you get your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles or every six months.

Posted in Cars

Does a new car really lose value straight after driving off a forecourt?

Posted on July 22, 2020 at 2:57 pm

You have probably heard somewhere that as soon as you drive a brand-new car off the forecourt it loses a significant amount of value straight away but is this fact?

Yes, it certainly is, although the amount of value lost will be entirely dependent on several factors such as the original purchase price. The correct term for this process is depreciation. Car depreciation means the amount lost over time on the value of a car, this is usually estimated yearly.

Say for example you purchase a car that costs £50,000 in 3 years that cars estimated value is likely to be 40% of the price you purchased it for, you will also need to factor in the use of the car for this to be a true representation of depreciation. Generally, car deprecation estimates are based on 10,000 miles driven a year, if you drive fewer miles then your car is likely to lose less value each year, as general wear and tear will be less.

Posted in Cars