Do you own a company car? This can be a real perk, but it is also a major responsibility. You will likely spend a lot of time on the road if you have a company car, so it is important that you keep the vehicle in the best possible condition to avoid issues and prolong the life of the vehicle. This post will offer tips for maintaining your company car.
Keep it Clean
First, you should keep the car clean. Keep in mind that the vehicle will be representing the business, so you do not want to arrive at a client meeting in a filthy car! Keeping the car clean inside and out will help maintain a professional image and prolong the vehicle’s life.
There are then a few basic checks you should perform on a regular basis to keep the vehicle in the best condition. This will include checking the tyre tread depth – 1.6mm is the legal minimum, but it is recommended that you replace your car tyres once you reach 3mm. You should also regularly check the tyre pressure and top up as and when required.
In addition to the car tyres, you need to check the various car fluids and top them up as and when required. The main fluids to check include:
- Engine oil
- Windscreen washer fluids
- Transmission fluids
- Brake fluid
Regular MOTs & Servicing
It is vital that you stick to the car’s service schedule. This will keep the car in the best condition, prolong its life, preserve its value, and ensure that small issues are picked up before they become major (and expensive) problems. Additionally, you will need to take the car for its annual MOT. The company will pay for maintenance, but you may be required to book MOT online and take the vehicle along.
Report Any Issues Promptly
Finally, it is important to report any issues that you notice promptly. Often, car problems start with something seemingly minor, such as a strange noise, which can then snowball into much bigger issues. By reporting issues and getting repairs carried out swiftly, you will avoid the much bigger issues that can keep the car out of action and cost a lot of money to fix. This is also why you should never ignore any of the warning lights on your dashboard.
These maintenance tips should help you keep your company car in the best condition. It is likely that you will spend more time on the road than an average motorist if you have a company car, so it is vital that you know how to properly maintain the vehicle and prevent any issues from arising. While the company will pay for the costs involved, it is still your responsibility to look after the automobile.
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