So I’ve bought this new car and I’m proud of it, I want to keep this new car looking as good as it can for as long as I can!
What are some tips you can give me for taking care of my new car?
After you’ve bought your new car, obviously it looks pretty shiny, and you want to keep it as shiny as possible.
Generally people get what’s known as paint protection. It helps your car look nicer for longer, but it does cost you a bit of money if you go through the dealerships or even through car detailing shops.
It helps with when you wash your car and you won’t have to wax it every time. Most paint protection has wax coating inbuilt, so you won’t have to do so for the next 12 to 18 months.
There is a common misconception out there about paint protection helping your car from being rust proof.
If that is what you’ve been told by the car dealer or detailers; that it will make your car rust proof, then that is misleading.
“Rust can form anywhere where there is a dent or a chip, which you could get from driving on the freeway and paint protection wont help you with that”
In addition to that, the paint you get on most new cars has gotten better and better over the years, so most paint on new cars are already designed to help the body of the car from rusting.
If you’re buying paint protection with rust proofing as the main reason, then I would advise against that.
What is logbook servicing and why is it important?
When you buy a new car, generally in the glove box, you have a service manual as well as the car’s manual.
The service book lists regular intervals at which your car should be serviced at, and for your new car, there is a 1000 or 3000 kilometre initial inspection.
Full services or logbook services are recorded in the manual with the mechanic’s stamp or signature.
After your new car has done that, every time you book your service at the mechanic or car dealerships. They will go over your car to make sure that everything is running smoothly since it left the factory.