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  • Things You Should Check As Part Of Your Car Maintenance Routine

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    Regular maintenance of your vehicle is important to keep your car in prime condition and help save money on future repairs. However, several car owners are unfamiliar with the routine checks that need to be done as part of preventive maintenance. The basic processes of changing the oil, getting scheduled inspections of the car, and monitoring the tyre pressure are like the checkups that people do at a clinic. These checks are intended to keep the vehicle healthy and help the car owner or a mechanic catch serious issues before they turn into major problems.

    Importance Of Reading The Owner’s Manual:

    Before we get into the things you should be checking in your car regularly, we should turn our attention to the importance of going through the owner’s manual. The regular maintenance schedule of your car will be within this manual and you should stick to it. The manual will also have vital information on the type of fuel that would work best in the vehicle.

    It should be noted that using the wrong fuel in the car can result in the warranty being voided. In some cases, it may also cause damages that cost a huge amount for fixing.

    Car Maintenance Routine

    Preventive Maintenance Tips For All Vehicles:

    Maintaining your vehicle in good condition will help you save a lot of money in the long term. So, do not worry about spending a little for these basic tests. Ensure that you spend time to check the following regularly to avoid a potential accident or a claim:

    1. Oil used in the car - The oil you use in the vehicle ensures its smooth running. The oil level can be checked manually by pulling out the dipstick. The oil change should be done as per the schedule mentioned in the owner’s manual. Oil change is a very basic procedure for car maintenance, as this catches leaks that may transform into more serious issues later on.
    2. Brakes - Do not wait till the last minute to change your vehicle’s brakes. You should get the brakes checked by a professional so that your car is safe on the road.
    3. Tyre pressure - A tyre pressure gauge is a tool that is easy to use. It detects tyres that are not properly inflated, averting blowouts that can result in serious accidents on the road. You should note that the wrong level of inflation in the tyres can reduce the fuel efficiency of the car as well.
    4. Power steering fluid - Without having adequate level of power steering fluid, the power steering of the car can fail, making it very hard to control the vehicle. So, it is crucial that you monitor the power steering fluid levels on a regular basis.
    5. Tyre tread - Apart from the pressure in the car’s tyres, the tread is another important aspect. The tread is important when you drive through slippery roads. So you should observe the tyres and look for odd bulges or lumps resulting from wear and tear. These problem spots could lead to a tyre blowout while the car is on the road, and result in an accident.
    6. Alignment - Get the alignment of the car checked and adjusted regularly. This will help you in steering the vehicle in the right direction when making quick turns.
    7. Coolant/antifreeze - It is essential to make sure that your car has adequate levels of coolant. This is particularly important if you reside in an area with harsh winters.
    8. Air filter - If your vehicle’s air filter is clogged, it may affect its fuel consumption. It is easy to check the air filter of the car and replace it when needed. This is a very important step in the preventive maintenance routine of a vehicle. You can also get it checked when you are at a service centre to change your oil.
    9. Lights - It is important for all the lights in your vehicle to function well. Check the signals for turns, reverse lights, brake lights, and headlights regularly. The lights in your car are important to let the other drivers know of your intentions. These help in preventing accidents; so it is crucial that these are functioning properly.
    10. Transmission fluid - The failure of transmission fluid while one is driving can invite a lot of danger. You should ensure that the transmission fluid is changed often and is at a good level. This will help you stay in control of the vehicle at all times.

    As part of preventive maintenance, it is necessary that you have basic knowledge of how to inspect the vehicle.

    • You should be able to check the air pressure in the tyres, the fluid levels, and the level of oils.
    • Inspect the battery and, if required, clean the contacts.
    • It is easy to replace the windshield wipers when these start leaving streaks on the windshield. Similarly, you can replace the air filter of the cabin effortlessly. On the other hand, replacing the engine air filter is a little more complicated. The owner’s manual will have instructions on when the engine air filter needs to be replaced. If you drive in traffic a lot, your engine air filter will be more dirty than that of an occasional driver’s.
    • It is important to get your tyres balanced and rotated at the prescribed time.
    • Changing the spark plugs will help the engine work in a more efficient manner.

    If you find anything out of the ordinary you should not ignore it; get help from a professional in case you are not confident in handling the repair work by yourself.

    Car Insurance Reviews

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    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Good insurance policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had a claim experience once. It was amazing experience. I was just submitted the cocuments in the dealer and they have taken care of all the things. They have given the 100% coverage value. I have started using this HDFC ergo car insurance for past 1 year. I have paid a premium amount as Rs. 40000. I never interacted with the customer care services.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Tata AIG Car Insurance
      "Excellent service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My car is insured with TATA AIG general insurance,i got insurance through my agency, and i am not aware about premium amount it on yearly, It is a easy process, I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy.
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      , noida
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Good service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold a car insurance policy with HDFC ERGO from long time, i got this insurance through showroom as agent himself gave this insurance, I am not aware of the premium amount for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy.
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      , noida
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • Reliance General Car Insurance
      "Best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a car insurance with Reliance general insurance from last 1 year, a premium of Rs 24795 has to be paid for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy and this policy has full coverage with 0% depreciation.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Car Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My car insurance was offered by the Tata Showroom when I purchased a car. I have paid 24,000 rupees to purchase the policy for 2 years. They are giving bumper to bumper offer for one year and IDV for 2 years. I am happy with the service and policy. I have received the insurance papers on time.
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      , thane
      Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018
    • review Car Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have a car insurance with Kotak Mahindra . The services are good. Its a one year policy. It was included on the loan so don't know the premium. I don't have any claim experience. It was taken in May 2013 and it was renewed with the third party. The policy coverage is very good. There is no bumper to bumper offer.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Not satisfied"
      0.5 2.0/5 "Expected more"
      I hold a car insurance with HDFC ERGO from last 1 year, a premium of Rs 12200 has to be paid for this insurance policy. This policy has full coverage with 0% depreciation. My claim experience was not good, the bill amount was for Rs 40000 but they covered only Rs 26000. There was no cashless garage facility provided.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018
    • National Insurance Car Insurance
      "Good insurance for car"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      When i purchase my car, they have provided the car insurance policy with National and they have charged me a premium amount of Rs. 14000. I have taken a one time claim. The claim experience was very good. They have given me a claim amount of Rs. 11000. The claim was fully cashless covered. I pay for the consumable items
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      , dehradun
      Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018
    • New India Car Insurance
      "Good policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      My Maruthi Swift car got the insured declared value of Rs. 5 lakhs with New India company. I have comprehensive plan with bumper to bumper it covers loss, damage, accidental cover with life cover for the driver for maximum of one lakh. If we pay Rs.50 rupees extra with the premium.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018
    • National Insurance Car Insurance
      "Good Policy for four wheeler"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      National insurance is good, I have been holding the car policy with them around one year. My car showroom person have suggested this policy, I got better insured declared vehicle. Its new car brand swift dezire with bumper to bumper protection.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 09, 2018
    • Iffco Tokio Car Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The dealer have suggested the IFFCO TOKIYO car policy, I got the better IDV value for bumper to bumper zero depreciation plan. I got the policy documents on time, I had a claim once, I directly approached the dealer they taken money from the cover. But I have paid 20 to 30% of amount according to the parts which was not covered.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 05, 2018
    • United India Car Insurance
      "GOOD"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have taken the card insurance where i have a good experience with this policy. I have experienced with the claim which is reimbursement and i got no complete claim. The policy coverage is for basic but the premium and the IDV value is good with this policy.
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      , kota
      Reviewed on Nov 04, 2018
    • United India Car Insurance
      "GOOD"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have purchased the two wheeler policy with the UNITED INDIA INSURANCE and i am using it from past three years where i am facing with no issues with this policy. I have no claim experience added on that the premium and also the IDV value is good with this policy.
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      , kota
      Reviewed on Nov 04, 2018
    • Reliance General Car Insurance
      "Excellent"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      When I purchased a car, the showroom has offered me a car insurance with Reliance. I have paid 12,000 rupees for this policy. The customer support is excellent. The claim experience is excellent and have applied for accidental claim, It was approved within few more days, zero depreciation was provided, All items been replaced of the car.The policy coverage is good, bumper to bumper offer is available. Every year am renewing my insurance only with RELIANCE.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Nov 03, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Satisfactory"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have compared in online for car insurance and gone for HDFC Ergo. The top one is Reliance and HDFC, though reliance is providing more benefits since I know HDFC is very well so opted for HDFC Ergo. It is a easy process. No claim gone till now. I have paid 12K to purchase and bumper to bumper offer is available.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Nov 02, 2018
    • Liberty Car Insurance
      "Hopeless company"
      0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
      They have literally detrayed me when i apply for a claim. There are some issue with the policy documents itself. When I met with an accident they said they will process the claim. After 3 days they said there is an issue with the policy. I called the customer care service but no one was picked up the call. After 4 days, they have issued the new policy and i got the car after 7 working days only from the garages.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 01, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
      "Superb Policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I selected Bajaj Allianz for my car. I chosen the company because of the lower premium rates. They have sent all my documents to my residential address. They do have regular follow up with the customer regarding the car insurance. I never had any issues with this policy. I pay the premium amount of Rs. 6300 and i have not availed the bumper to bumper facility. They have provided me the no claim bonus upto 50%.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Nov 01, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I hold a car insurance policy with HDFC ERGO from last 1 year, I am not aware of the premium amount for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy.
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      , pune
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    • Bajaj Allianz Car Insurance
      "Best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I am having a car insurance policy with Bajaj Allianz and i have taken this policy for 2 years. A premium of Rs 17000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy and this policy has full coverage with 0% depreciation.
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      , nellore
      Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Car Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My car is insured with HDFC ERGO from last 1 year and it is a good insurance policy. I pay a premium of Rs 5000 for this car insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this car insurance policy. This policy covers only bumper to bumper damage.
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      , chennai
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