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Keep your car cool in the hot weather with these handy tips

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Keep your car cool in the hot weather with these handy tips

If you are looking to sell your car this summer but have not got around to it yet because of work or holidays then here are a few pointers to ensure you still get the best valuation for your vehicle. That way, when you do come to sell your car online you know you are getting the best price possible for your motor.

It is usually assumed that winter puts the biggest strain on your car because of the cold weather but the summer months can be challenging for your vehicle too. Some of these tips might seem obvious but it amazing how many car owners either forget or do not get the time to do basic maintenance on their vehicles.

Firstly, in the summer it is always advised to check the engine coolant so it is at its recommended level. From May to August, the weather can get very hot, and if the coolant level is low, your car could be in danger of overheating.

Typically, coolant level should remain at the middle of the maximum and minimum marks on the tank if your car is regularly serviced, however, if it has dropped it is advisable to get your vehicle checked by your local garage.

Sometimes even if your coolant level is at the correct position your vehicle can still experience overheating – particularly if you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam. The best way to deal with this problem is turn the heater on to full and put the air conditioning on (if your car has it) until it becomes less intense.

High temperatures can also cause damage to tyres so making sure these are at the correct tyre pressures is essential. It is advised to check them at least once a week as per your vehicle’s handbook guidelines. If you are finding that the tyre pressures are dropping frequently in one tyre it could indicate you have a slow puncture.

If you are planning to sell your car then the last thing you will want to do is spend money on tyres which can be expensive on certain models. It is also recommended that you check your tyre tread depth which should be at least 1.6mm otherwise you will be driving with illegal tyres and could be pulled over by the police, fined and receive penalty points on your driving licence.

Car batteries are often severely tested during the winter months due to the cold weather and some can be slightly damaged as a result of this but it might not become apparent until a later time. It is, therefore, always advised at the start of the summer to ask for a battery test at a local garage so you avoid any unnecessary breakdown in the future.

It is also worth ensuring that you air filter has been replaced during its annual service as this tends to become clogged up with dirt and debris from the dry roads in the summer. Changing the air filter each year will help the air flow coming into the engine. Of course, if you are thinking 'but what if I want to scrap my car?', then car maintenance is of much less importance and these tips can be saved for your next car.

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