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Ten Tips on How to Take Care of Your Car for It to Last Long

A car needs to be looked after: this is the only way to make it look good and retain its value over the long term. We give you the ten most important tips and tricks for the right car care. In addition to regular service, cleaning and the correct handling of small parts are particularly helpful when it comes to the car.

Most importantly, you have to like your car. Otherwise, you will hardly be able to keep it for long. Also, maintain a good relationship with your representative and your mechanic. This saves you time and money.

Change the engine oil and the oil filter every year or every 15,000 kilometers (observe manufacturer’s instructions). The engine oil lubricates and absorbs particles as well as combustion residues – and thus cleans the engine. The manufacturer also provides information on the correct type of oil and viscosity. Use only one high-quality motor oil brand. So, you can be sure that you can benefit from the consistent quality.

If you need spare parts, please always use original parts from the manufacturer. These fit exactly into your vehicle and also have a quality guarantee. Let your Volvo be a Volvo too.

Wash your car regularly. You can also see if there are scratches, dents, or other damage. Necessary when washing: pre-wash with a high-pressure cleaner, rinse the dirt out of the hidden corners, for example, in the fender. If you use brushes, only use very soft ones; otherwise, scratches can occur. Rims can be easily cleaned with a special cleaner, a brush, and a cloth. Caution: do not use a high-pressure cleaner to wash the engine. Electronic parts could get wet and so damaged. You should also clean your diamond floor mats If you have one.

Sunlight, insect remains, bird droppings, and salt in winter put a strain on the paint in everyday life. Therefore, wax the paintwork of your car twice a year after washing it. Your vehicle will enjoy perfect protection against rust. Tip: If water pearls in a round drop, the paint protection is okay. Incidentally, small paint damage can be repaired with a dab of the right color – ask your Volvo dealer.

Use petrol stations that are regularly refueled. So, you can be sure that the gasoline has not been in the tanks forever and has lost its quality.

If your car makes strange noises or leaks fluids, you shouldn’t ignore them, but show your garage owner the vehicle straight away.

Nina Harris: A veteran sports journalist, Nina's blog posts offer in-depth analysis and coverage of major sporting events. Her insider knowledge and passionate writing style make her posts a must-read for sports fans.