Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure that your lease car keeps working well. All machines need a bit of love and attention from time to time after all. In my opinion, the small amount of time it takes to carry out a tiny bit of maintenance every so often is more than worth the huge bill that inevitably comes from letting small problems turn into big ones. If you keep an eye on your car's maintenance, you (and your car budget) will thank us later!
So, before you choose a car and arrange for delivery, here's a bit more information on what you should do to take car of your car.
What maintenance do lease cars need?
I’m going to make a blindingly obvious point but it needs to be made crystal clear. There’s nothing that makes a lease car mechanically different from any other car on the road – it’s literally just leased, rather bought outright. That’s good news in terms of maintenance because it means that all of the tasks you’ll find yourself doing on a lease car are the same as any other type of car.
If you’re worried about the cost of unforeseen maintenance with a lease car, a maintenance package could help. This package covers the cost of upkeep and small repairs that you might have to make on your lease car, and is added to your monthly payment.
Common car lease maintenance
Here are the most common types of maintenance you’ll need to get familiar with when it comes to lease cars:
#1 — Checking the air pressure of tyres
Keeping the air pressure at the correct levels in your tyres will reduce the risk of punctures and blowouts. It’s easy enough to do – you can find air machines with pressure gauges at every good petrol station. You’ll just need to know what the correct tyre pressure is for your car, which you can find online.
#2 — Checking and replenishing oil level
Oil helps to keep the moving parts in your car lubricated and your engine cool. Over time, you’ll find the oil level goes down and needs replenishing. You can check the current level of oil in your car by doing the old dipstick test. Wait for your engine to be completely cool. Lift your bonnet, take out the dipstick and wipe it clean. Then push it back in, wait a few seconds, and pull it out again. The oil level should be between the two marks on the dipstick. If it isn’t high enough, just add some.
#3 — Checking fluid levels in the radiator
Radiators are another way that your car regulates its temperature. Making sure that you’ve got enough coolant in the engine is really important when it comes to preventing mishaps.
Checking the fluid level in a car’s radiator is pretty damn easy, so there’s no excuse for being lazy. You just need to look for the indicator lines on the outside of the radiator reservoir itself, and match them up with the level of the liquid inside. If there isn’t enough, fill it up.
#4 — The condition of the windscreen
Carrying out regular visual checks on the condition of the windscreen will make sure that you nip any chips early, before they end up as expensive cracks later on. If left untreated, some types of windscreen damage can end up causing MOT failures, so tackle them early.