Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Vehicle

Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Vehicle

Tips to Extend the Lifespan of Your Vehicle. In today’s world, where the average age of vehicles on the road is around eight years and the average age at scrappage is approximately 14 years, it’s essential to ensure your car stands the test of time. The good news is that with some straightforward steps, you can significantly increase the longevity of your vehicle. Laois Auto Care Ltd. is here to help you make your car last longer.

Maintain Your

Car’s Battery

Your car’s battery can degrade and go flat if left unused for extended periods. To prevent this, consider using a trickle charger or a battery conditioner when storing your car in a garage. If possible, drive your car at least once a week, especially in winter, to keep the battery healthy and avoid putting extra strain on it.

Change Filters


Regularly replace your car’s oil filter and air filter as they can become clogged over time. While these tasks are typically part of scheduled servicing, you can save money by doing them yourself or hiring a mobile mechanic. Ensure you use high-quality, genuine parts to avoid potential damage to your engine.

Drive Smoothly

Practicing “mechanical sympathy” when driving is crucial to reduce component wear and improve fuel economy. Use the controls of your car smoothly, anticipate the road ahead to reduce the need for sudden braking, and avoid aggressive acceleration and deceleration. However, occasionally allowing your engine to rev to the redline, when the oil is warm and on quiet roads, can prevent carbon deposits and maintain efficiency.

Use Your Air


Regularly using your car’s air conditioning system helps prevent refrigerant gas leakage, saving you from costly re-gassing bills. Even during winter, occasionally running your air conditioning system can keep it in good working order.

Replace Spark

Plugs and Leads

For optimal engine performance, replace spark plugs and high-tension leads as per your vehicle’s service schedule. Ensure spark plugs are in good condition, and replace them if they show signs of wear or deposits. Diesel cars don’t use spark plugs, so this point doesn’t apply to them.

Top Up Fluids


Regularly check and top up your car’s engine oil, coolant, and windscreen washer fluid. Maintaining proper fluid levels is essential for your car’s overall health. Dark or dirty oil should be replaced, but this might not be a concern for diesel cars.

Check Your tyres

Regularly inspect your tyres, checking for proper inflation and adequate tread depth. Rotate your tyres as needed to ensure even wear, and remember that the legal minimum tread depth in the UK is 1.6mm. Proper tyre maintenance is crucial for both safety and fuel efficiency.

Stick to the Service


Follow your car’s service schedule diligently, ensuring that minor and major services are conducted as recommended. Regular servicing can save you money on repair bills and prevent stressful breakdowns.

Keep It Covered

If possible, park your car in a garage to protect it from the elements and reduce the risk of damage, vandalism, and theft. Using a high-quality car cover is an alternative if you lack garage space.

Keep the Weight


Reducing the weight your car carries can improve fuel efficiency and reduce wear on tyres, brakes, and suspension. Remove unnecessary items from your car, but remember to keep essential tools and a breakdown kit on hand.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can extend the lifespan of your vehicle, reduce maintenance costs, and enjoy the benefits of a reliable and long-lasting car. Laois Auto Care Ltd. is here to support you in maintaining your vehicle’s health, ensuring it reaches its golden years on the road. 

Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Winter

Book Ahead Today

Getting your vehicle ready for winter involves a combination of proactive maintenance and expert guidance. By following the tips provided by Laois Auto Care Ltd in this guide, and availing of our current comprehensive pre winter check, you can ensure your vehicle is prepared to face the challenges of cold weather. Our comprehensive car servicing, tyre checks, pre-NCT inspections, and attention to essential components will give you peace of mind as you navigate winter roads. Stay safe, stay prepared, and trust Laois Auto Care Ltd to keep your vehicle in top-notch condition all season long. Book in ahead for your vehicle comprehensive pre winter check.

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As we are heading into Autumn its time to think about getting your car winter ready!

Book ahead for your vehicles winter check today

Your Vehicle Winter Check Includes:

➡️Vehicle Service
➡️Oil & Filters
➡️Fluids Check – Coolant, Washer, Oil, Antifreeze.
➡️Battery Check
➡️Tyres Check
➡️Brakes & Discs Check
➡️Heater & Defroster Check
➡️Exterior Lights
➡️Pre NCT Checks & Printout

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