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Car Maintenance: How To Get Your Car Roadworthy

By: James Ruppert
How to get your classic car ready for spring

Sometimes we neglect our cars and leave them to become a little bit worse for wear. 

What are the best checks to do before getting it back on the road?

We've written a step by step guide to make sure your car is safe and roadworthy. 


Car Check 1: Tyres and Wheels

Probably the easiest and most important checks are to the tyres and wheels.

  1. If you have not moved your car occasionally to avoid flat spots on the tyres, examine them for cracks, damage, any stones, screws or nails
  2. Check they are the correct pressure
  3. Check the tread is still legal it must be at least 1.6mm
  4. Check for rust and dents
  5. Check that the nuts are tight or missing

Read our full guide to tyres


Car Check 2: Under The Bonnet

The next easiest thing is to open the bonnet and start checking the vital signs.

  1. Check that the oil level is at maximum or not far off
  2. The water level should be clearly visible at the required mark when cold
  3. The colour of anti freeze should be the same as the one you have been using
  4. Look at all the hoses and belts for cracks and damage

Read our full guide to the oil in your car


Car Check 3: Check Your Lights

Then make sure that the lights work

  1. If you have been using a trickle charger it's best to unplug this before using your car
  2. If you haven't, you may need your jump leads handy as batteries don't last long when they aren't used 
  3. Turn all the lights on for your car and walk around making sure they all work, including fog and indicators
  4. Ask a friend to stand behind your car and check the brake lights work

Read our full guide to checking your lights


Car Check 4: Check Your Brakes

More difficult is checking the brakes

  1. Remove each wheel and look to see if the pads and discs are in good condition
  2. If you're unsure what you're looking for take advantage of a MotorEasy free brake check  

Read our full brake guide


Car Check 5: Check Your Roof And Give It A Clean

If your classic has a hood then it is best to inspect it

  1. If it is electric make sure the battery has some charge before testing it
  2. Look for damage from water or if your car has been left for a long time, rodents having a nibble

The last thing left to do to give your car the best TLC check is give a proper clean starting from the top and working your way down, and don't forget your wheelarches! 


What Else Should You Consider?

You might want to also think about booking your car in for a service to make sure it's in full working order if you're starting to use it regularly again. Make sure the car also has a valid MOT and Tax as these make the car legal to drive. 

Remember if you think your car does need a repair MotorEasy can help book you into one of our 10,000 strong garage network. With all repairs monitored by your own personal engineer. 


Further Reading

Car Repairs: How To Book Your Free Health Check

MOT Testing: It's About To Get Tougher

Car Servicing - What Is It?

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