The Ultimate Guide to Car Maintenance, Repairs and Care

Welcome to our section on car maintenance, car repairs and car care. In this section, we hope to give you the tools and knowledge to keep your car in tip top condition and working at its best for as long as possible.

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The Ultimate Guide to Regular Car Maintenance

All cars need a little bit of love and care to keep them working at their best. Whether that’s a full service at a manufacturer-approved garage or checking the pressure of your tyres yourself, regular maintenance is key to keeping a car on the road.

We start off with a deep dive on car services, looking at the difference between an interim and full service, the estimated cost of a service and the recommended industry service interval,

Next, we take a look at the most reliable cars on LeaseFetcher. Here's a sneak peak if you're interested!

  1. Dacia Sandero Stepway
  2. Nissan Leaf
  3. Kia Picanto
  4. Honda Jazz
  5. Hyundai i10

After that, it's time to dig into some practical maintenance. We start with 15 basic maintenance tips from the experts and finish with 16 simple tips for all levels! We also made a handy car maintenance schedule to keep you on the right track and rounded up the 10 best car maintenance apps for tracking your work!

Finally, we take a pitstop for an oil change, looking at the difference between synthetic and regular oil and quickly discussing oil change costs.

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MOT Tests: Everything You Need to Know

The MOT is a lot like taking your car for a medical at the doctors. The mechanics will get it up on the ramp and check that everything is in working order and fit for the road. Since it’s against to law to drive a car without a valid MOT certificate, it's something we've all got to deal with at least once a year. (Although, if you're leasing a car, you won't have to think about it for the first three years since the car is brand new!)

In this section, I dig into the MOT test, looking at everything from common points of failure to how to check when your MOT is due.

But first things first, let's talk about what the MOT is and what the MOT actually tests. This covers a bunch of stuff and by the end you should know exactly what the mechanics are going to look at when you take your car in.

We also put together two sections on failing your MOT. Specifically, they look at how you can maintain your car to pass your MOT and what you can do if your car does fail its MOT.

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The Definitive Guide to Simple Car Repairs

It’s not just old cars that need repairs. Even new cars will need small tweaks from time to time to stay in tip-top condition.

In this section, I start off with some safety stuff and teach you how to use the two most common forms of jack — scissor jack and pump jack. These bits of kit let you raise the car up off the ground to work on a wheel, brakes or the underside of the car.

Next, I look at some common car problems (and the most common car repairs) that you can fix yourself. Think small scratches, flat tyres, dead batteries and broken lights. These problems, while frustrating for motorists, won't always require a trip to the garage and can often to repaired with the right tools and some patience. (I also take a deep dive into manufacturer warranties.)

On the back of my piece on common problems, I take a look at some easy DIY repairs that anyone can do regardless of their technical ability.

Strangely, most websites ignore the subject of glass repairs, focussing instead on bumps, dings and cracks to the plastic and metal components. Well, not me! For everything you need to know about glass repairs, check out my blog here.

A section on repairs wouldn't be complete without a section on the most reliable cars. So here are the three most reliable cars available on LeaseFetcher!

Finally, I spend some time looking at scratches. Something we've all probably dealt with after some muppet in a car park clips your car when they're pulling out of a space! Specifically, I look at some DIY fixes for shallow scrapes, some fixes for deep scratches, your options for bigger scrapes and the associated costs.

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The Ultimate Guide to Car Care

Car maintenance takes loads of different forms and, despite what you might think, it’s not all about tinkering around with parts of the car under the bonnet.

It’s easy to underestimate how important car care is and write it off as an optional extra for particularly vein motorists. Well, it's not! And we plan to show you why in this section.

I start off with the basics — how to wash your car. Now, you might think it's simple but there are some trade tips and tricks I share that can help you achieve an outstanding result in half the time. Seriously, give it a read!

After that, we move inside the car and get some general car cleaning tips from our good friend Tim Alcock.

Finally, we team up with automotive expert Ryan McElroy to learn how to get clean different types of car seat. Specifically, we look at how to best clean leather seats and fabric seats.

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