Second hand cars and maintenance tips

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Our family has grown in the past 12 months. Now as a family of four, we need a bigger family car instead of us all squeezing into my small car. In the next few months, we will be starting to look around for a reasonably priced family car. Now there are pros and cons of buying a new car or a second-hand car. But at the end of the day, it’s down to what your personal finances are and your affordability.

We will be looking at both options. But today I’m focusing on second hand cars and maintenance tips to keep you and your family safe as well as other road users.

Second hand cars and maintenance tips

Car Tyres

When you are driving your family around, you want to make sure one of the most important parts on your car is safe. This is the tyres. The tyres are one part of the car keeping you on the road. Therefore it’s vitally important to check the condition, pressure, wear and the tread depth regularly. The legal tread depth limit is 1.6mm in the UK and in a continuous band around the central three-quarters of the tyre. When buying a second-hand car one of the things to look at is the tyres. You want it to be safe when driving home. If in doubt, it’s really quick and easy to buy tyres online in East London & get your tyres locally fitted at Elite Direct Tyres.

Other car checks to carry out

  • Fluid Levels – oil, coolant, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, windscreen washer fluid and brake fluid levels to check every week
  • Lights
  • Wipers
  • Belts, brakes and hoses

Car Servicing

Check the car handbook and make a note on your calendar when the next service is due. I forgot all about it on my first car and ended up with my cambelt going on my Fiesta. This was a very costly mistake and I ended up having to buy another car. Luckily I did get a few pounds back by arranging it to be taken away by a company like We buy totaled cars.


When you buy a second-hand car, sometimes the bodywork isn’t up to scratch and looks tired. One way of getting your car to look like new again is to look into a ceramic coating, also known as “nano-ceramic coating”, it’s a new type of weatherproofing for your car.

The ceramic coating proponents claim that this self-applied substance can reduce oxidation, increase shine, and even prevent nicks and scratches. The ceramic particles don’t actually sit on top of the paint molecules but interact and link to them. Therefore the ceramic coating will last for many years.

Is there anything I’ve missed? What checks do you make on your car?

Thanks for stopping by today, as usual, I hope you’ve found some useful tips to takeaway.

Here are my other posts on cars, including lots of useful info.

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