Buying a car is a big commitment. It may be one of the biggest purchases you make or it may push you to your limits and mean you have very little money left over to spend on maintenance and repairs.
Regardless of if you are spending a few hundred pounds on a car or tens of thousands of pounds, we all want our cars to be reliable and to last us as long as possible. Ideally you also want it to of retained as much of its value as possible should the time come when we need to sell it.
The average cost of a normal family hatchback car in the UK is between ten and twenty thousand pounds. This is a huge sum of money and most people often have to finance the cost as they simply do not have the funds upfront to buy it outright.
Not looking after your car may end up in a nasty shock when you come to sell it and find that it is not worth the value you hoped it would be. Cars do depreciate in value over time and as the mileage creeps up so it is important to try and retain as much of the value as possible. Simple things such as keeping the car clean, inside and out to avoid damaging the paintwork or interior such as carpets, can help retain that value and make it more attractive to a buyer.