Basic Car Maintenance and Services Guide

We all love our cars – until it is new. Once our cars are a few years old, we start neglecting the needs of our beloved Maruti or Hyundai. This is a serious malpractice on our part which leads to dangerous driving conditions and a substantially higher repair costs.

The risk involved is quite high and if kept neglected, can result in fatal accidents. Also, the life of your car is reduced and the re-sale value goes down if you do not keep your car in good condition.

Today, we are going to talk about a few maintenance hacks that will prolong the life of your car and why they’re important for your much loved Honda.

Maintenance Hacks for Cars:

The hacks given here are no rocket science. These are generic things which you must already know. However, it is a gentle reminder that these simple hacks are very important for the health of your car and following this will substantially reduce repair costs and risk while driving.

Stick to the official maintenance schedule

No matter how old your car is, always stick to the maintenance schedule. The schedule is given by the manufacturer and it tells you after how many months or kms the engine oil, brake oil and other components need to be changed.

Also, it tells you after how many months you must get your car serviced. Following this religiously will make sure that your car stays around for a longer period of time.

Maintain tire pressure

This is a universal thing. Vehicles have an optimum range of tire pressure and you must maintain them at all times.

Be it your car or bike or even cycle, tire pressure needs to be on the mark for optimal performance. This is a very generic thing but mostly all car users forget to get their tire pressures checked and only pay attention when something happens.

Keep your car clean

This applies majorly to the underside of the car. The undercarriage accumulates road dust, dirt, coal tar and small pebbles as you drive. These components wear down the frame of the car and even add to the kerb weight. So, it is highly advisable to keep your car clean always.

Get it washed every month and clean it from the inside every few days to keep your car working well.

Why Maintenance is Necessary?

Car maintenance is quite important because of the following reasons:

  • It keeps the performance optimal
  • It improves the life of the vehicle
  • It prevents accidents and the car is never dangerous to ply on road
  • Maintains the ride quality of the vehicle for years and ensures that you take full advantage of your vehicle before disposing it off
  • It greatly reduces wear and tear which has an impact on repair costs and the resale value of the car.

Keep your car maintained and enjoy smoother rides every time you’re on the road with your beloved Honda, Maruti or Hyundai.

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Maruti Suzuki Ignis – the next big thing

There is something  that’s generating more buzz than Brezza in the auto world these days. It’s nothing other than Maruti Suzuki’s yet to be launched product – Ignis. It’s new, it’s refreshing and it’s full of energy.

Maruti has been trying to get out of its stereo typed – no nonse car manufacturer which produces cars which are real good,easy on pocket and dont loose much when you want to sell them off. essentially  ticking off all the boxes minus  the looks part. how else can they justify making cars like Wagon R and Alto which have not changed for  15 years and are still best sellers. Brezza and now Ignis have the right DNA and have good looks also to boot

 

Ignis will be in the new  small cross-over/ elevated hatchback design platform. Its tough to believe that Maruti has been able to hold on to its being more than 10 years old and still going strong. With Ignis they will have a new segment of customers who did not want a Maruti because of its plain or at times boring looks.

 

With the current excise tax benefits of cars being less than 4 meters, and being a Maruti with strong local manufacturing content, the position of the car in the volume segment – Ignis will be priced very aggressively same as Brezza has been. Expected to be priced somewhat in the 4-5 lacs Ex showroom – in between the Wagon R and Swift range. Ignis will be a tough nut to crack for competition (Hyundai i10/Honda Brio). As Maruti has a cramped product line in the small car segment some of the customers might be temted to upgrade from Wagon R or come down from Swift.  The idea of having much options is proving to be good for Maruti – almost 7 cars to choose in the 2.5-7 lacs range.  Most likely the Ignish will come powered with the 1.2 boosterjet engine that’s being developed in house @ Maruti – which should help in keeping those who like power and those who like fuel efficiency figures happy. Looks like Maruti has a winner with this car too.