Test drive tips when buying a car
When you are buying a used car it is always essential that you do a test drive. This way you can determine if you like the drive and the way the car is handling. At The Carstore in Wales we welcome you to come and book a test drive for all our vehicles. Feel free to have a look at all our affordable used vehicles and call our expert team on 01792 899844 to book a test drive!
A test drive when you want to buy a new car can be a very exciting experience but can also be overwhelming. Our expert team at The Carstore gives you some tips what to look for when test driving a car you want to buy.
Firstly you should check how the vehicle handles. Make sure to check it on various sort of roads so you can experience how the vehicle accelerates, turns corners and breaks. Good and tight steering is important on a vehicle. Make sure to check this during a test drive. This is also a good way to check if the vehicle has got the required levels of comfort for you.
But a test drive also gives you an opportunity to establish if there is enough head and leg room in the vehicle. If you take members of your family you can also check if this is the case in the passenger seat and rear seats. Further more make sure to check if you like the way the controls and other dashboard features are easy to use.
Our team is always available to advice you on our cars and help you choose the car which suits you! Call us today on 01792 899844!
Car safety checks before summer holidays
The weather might not always show signs of summer but summer is approaching and many people will use their car to travel to their holiday destination in the UK or abroad. The last thing you want on your holiday is your car to break down. Make sure you are travelling prepared. The Carstore has made a checklist for you before you travel and to keep you safe on the road!
Check your tyre tread
Always check your tyres before travelling. Make sure you have enough tread on your tyres. The legal tyre tread depth is 1.6 mm however checks have revealed that once tyre thread is below 3mm stopping distances increase dramatically. Not only can insufficient tyre thread increase stopping distance it is also dangerous when it is raining as it can cause the car to slip.
Check your tyre pressure
If the tyre pressure is too low the fuel consumption of the car will increase and of course you do not want that! The correct tyre pressure can be found in the service booklet of your car. At every service station you can adjust your tyre pressure. Also be aware of the safety aspect as your car will handle better when your tyres have the correct pressure.
Check your oil level
People often forget but it is important to check the oil level of your car. Every engine without oil will surely break down! This is not only inconvenient but also very expensive to repair. Be sure to check your oil level before going on holiday.
Tip: only check the oil level when the engine has stopped (or leave it off for at least 15 minutes). Remove the dipstick from the engine, remove the remaining oil from the dipstick with a cloth and put it back into the engine. After you remove the dipstick from the engine, the oil level is easy to read. Too little oil is bad but too much oil can also cause an engine breakdown. So keep the oil level between the minimum and maximum (see dipstick).
Check coolant fluid level
The coolant is in a closed system and will not run out quickly. However it can cause your car to break down if a car has too little coolant. Heat from the engine can not be moved to the radiator causing the engine to become too hot. You end up with a car that does not want to go any further. A simple check if sufficient coolant is still available is sufficient. If too low add some coolant!
Tip: use actual coolant and no water. This is better for your engine and is suitable for higher and lower temperatures. Never fill coolant after a car trip. The reservoir is then pressurized by the higher temperature and will shoot up when the cap is loosened. You will not be the first person with bad burns as a result! So let the car cool down, or better, fill in the morning before the car is used.
Check screen wash fluid level
In the summer flies and other insects will be stuck on your windscreen. It is important that you can clean your windows whilst driving so always make sure there is enough screen wash fluid in the reservoir.
Tip: always buy mixed screen wash fluid and no concentrated agent. If you unexpectedly want to refill windscreen washer fluid along the side of the road water is not always available. Taking extra mixed screen wash fluid is is advisable.
Check your service history
Before setting off on a big journey always check when your car was serviced last. If the last service was a while back always take your car to a garage for a service check before you go travelling.
If you are looking for a used affordable car have a look at our current stock of used cars for sale. We offer quality used cars at very low prices!
How to get your car ready for spring
Even though we just had a visit from ‘The Beast from the East’ with lots of snow and disruption it is already spring. The weather will get better slowly and the sun will be out more often. This is the moment to get your car ready for spring. Give your car a good spring clean and have a couple of things checked by a garage. The Carstore gives you an overview below what needs to be done. You can do part yourself and the other part is best to have done by a garage. All our used cars for sale come fully inspected and warranted with HPI and AA History checks.
Get rid of road grid salt and dirt
Road grit and dirt have a detrimental effect on the paint of your car but also on your car body. In addition, frost and snow ensure that your car is affected even further. So make sure you remove all grid and salt remains from your car with a high pressure washer. Do not forget to clean the wheel arches because a lot of dirt will accumulate there. After that go to a car wash with a bottom car washer to ensure all the dirt is removed from the bottom of your car as well. Not weather related but whilst your doing the cleaning of your car it is a good idea to clean the interior of your car to make it look and feel all fresh again.
Windscreen wipers and tires
The winter damp and frost can cause the rubber of your windscreen wipers to crack. As it normally rains a lot in Wales it is important to check your windscreen wipers and replace them if the rubber has cracked. Also make sure you check your tires and brakes. If you have winter tires fitted under your car it is important to have them replaced with summer tires.
The cold weather always causes a lot of pot holes to appear. Driving through these can cause your wheel alignment to be slightly off. This can cause your tires to wear more quickly. Therefor visit your local garage and let them check your wheel alignment and align them straight if required.
Need a new car?
At The Carstore we have a great range of affordable used cars for sale. We have a great selection of quality used vehicles for sale at affordable prices. All used cars we sell come fully inspected and warranted with HPI and AA History checks. We also offer a FREE 12 Months AA roadside assistance or if you are an existing AA customer a FREE upgrade.We are now pleased to be able to offer you Warrantywise warranties with our used vehicles for your peace of mind. Call us today on 01792 899844.
How to take care of tyres and wheels
In summer or winter it is important to take care of your tyres and wheels. If your tyres are in good condition you will be driving safely whatever the weather conditions. In this article Carstore Wales will give you some tips how to look after your tyres and wheels. When you do buy a car from us we will always ensure all tyres and wheels are in excellent condition. Check out our latest range of used cars for sale.
Check your tyre pressure every month
Having the correct tyre pressure ensures that you have maximum grip on the road and it reduces the risk of losing control of your vehicle. Tyre pressure will drop in small amounts due to natural escape of air. Check the pressure of your tyres, including the spare, monthly and also before any long journey. Doing this will increase the life of your tyres and saves you money and it will also increase the performance of your car. Having the correct tyre pressure will also save you fuel. You can find the recommended tyre pressure in the user manual of your vehicle, on a label on the door or door frame of your car or on the inside of the fuel tab.
Make sure your tyres are legal and safe
The legal minimum tyre tread depth in the UK is 1.6 mm in a continuous band around the central three quarters of the tyre. Always make sure you check the tread on your tires regularly. When tires need changing go to your local garage to replace these and also ask if they can do a check if your wheels need tracking. This wheel alignment or tracking is the process to ensure the wheels of your vehicle are set to its optimum position as per the car manufacturer specifications. If your wheels are not aligned correctly this can cause tyre wear and it also affects the handling of your car.
Remove break dust from your wheels
Break dust is being produced when the break disc and brake pads are rubbing against each other. This break dust contains metal filings, carbon fibers and is acid. It can therefor damage your alloy rims and cause corrosion. It makes your expensive alloys look old and dirty but it also slowly damages the structure of the wheel hence compromising your safety.
In order to prevent this make sure you have a regular weekly cleaning routine.
- Always make sure your wheels are cold. With a hose wash off the loose dirt.
- If your wheels are very dirty scrub them first with a soft brush.
- Preferably using a microfibre mitt wash the wheels and tyres with a shampoo removing all the break dust. If you do not do this on a weekly basis the break dust will be more difficult to remove.
- Rinse your wheels with water removing all shampoo and loose break dust.
- Wash the wheel arches and rinse off again.
- Use a soft towel to dry the wheels.
- Preferably add a wheel sealant to protect the surface of your rims. This will protect against corrosion and will also make it easier to remove break dust the week after.
If your tyres need replacing or if you require any repairs relating to your wheels or tyres please do not hesitate to contact us on 01792 899844.
Buying a used car is much cheaper than buying a new car. On average a new car will lose around 40% of its value in the first year! Also post 2017 road tax is generally more expensive and a new car can cost more to insure due to its higher value. There are however some things to think about when buying a used car. We have outlined a few tips in this article when you are buying a used car. Here at The Carstore all cars come with the AA Dealer Promise for your peace of mind.
Make a budget
It sounds obvious but make a complete budget on what you can spend. Not only for the purchase price but also insurance and car tax. Consider taking out car finance if you cannot afford to pay the whole price upon purchase. Always check out some quotes for the insurance so you know how much you will be paying per month or per year. Also check how much road tax you will be paying for the car you are interested in. Do not forget breakdown cover. All of our cars come with 12 months free AA breakdown cover. This way you will know exactly what you will be paying monthly.
Inspect the car and book a test drive
When buying a car it is always important to view the car in daylight, also preferably when it is dry as it is harder to spot any damage on a car when it is wet. Also always take the car for a test drive. As part of the AA Dealer Promise we always offer a test drive to ensure the car is right for you.
Check the car’s paperwork is complete
Every car you buy should come with all the essential paperwork like V5 registration document, MOT certificate and any available service records. At the Carstore Wales we always ensure we hand over all the essential paperwork to you. We also ensure every car we sell has a minimum of 6 month MOT and we provide a free history check on every vehicle.
As you can see we check all the boxes to make sure you will buy a quality used car from us. Also for extra peace of mind we also offer 12 months free AA breakdown cover with every car.
Please check out all of our used vehicles in stock or give us a ring on 01792 899844.
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