Pre purchase inspection

Buying A Used Car? Here are The 11 Most Important Things To Look Out For.

Check mileage.

When purchasing a used car, mileage is a significant consideration, but it is easy to forget. You can become engrossed in best mpg cars or other performance metrics. The average annual mileage is 15,000 km, so a car with less than 75,000km after five years is considered poor. If it’s a lot more, it’s considered high. Cars with a high mileage cost more to maintain and are more susceptible to expensive repairs. While it might seem to be a cost-cutting measure in the short term, the long-term costs may be significant.

Check for leaks.

Have you ever gone out to your garage and discovered a huge puddle under your vehicle? Before you panic, find out if the fluid on the ground is normal or if it indicates that you should take your car to the mechanic. Leaking oil and other fluids from a vehicle, no matter how slowly, is a sign of poor maintenance or injury. Be sure to look underneath the car as well as in the engine compartment. A filthy, oily engine should be avoided at all costs.

Check the tyres.

It’s important to look after your tyres if you want your car to run smoothly. This entails performing routine inspections and ensuring that they are in good working order before embarking on a journey. Maintaining your tyres on a regular basis will save you money in the long run. Driving on under or overinflated tyres, for example, can cause issues with braking, tracking, fuel economy, and suspension. Smooth or unevenly worn tires may indicate a variety of issues ranging from poor wheel alignment and balance to worn shock absorbers and a collapsed suspension system.

Safety check.

How many people put petrol in their car and then just put water in the windscreen washing bottle when they go to use it and all they get is air? And few people check their car tyres, despite the fact that they are critical in preventing you from ending up in the bushes. Seatbelts and airbags are important safety features to inspect, however you still need to check other things as well like your headlight, indicators, tyres, windscreen, mirrors, , air-conditioning system. If all of these processes aren’t working, you should stay away.

Test drive.

The seller needs to let you take a car for a diverse drive for at least 20min not for a short spin, check if it moves swiftly, there’s no smoke or noise while driving the car, drive it on residential areas, stop and go and highway if possible and bring someone for a second opinion. Look at things including gaps between panels. The more time you spend testing a car the more you nice things like dents, dings, scuffs, and all the other realities of violence and neglect can be easily overlooked if you search through them quickly.

Check all the car electronics

Check that all of the electric and electronic equipment are operational. Your vehicle’s lights are arguably the most significant electronic gadget. Fogged lenses and uneven beams can all be considered red flags, whereas a dim beam indicates that it’s time to replace the bulbs. Also, make sure the radio, infotainment system, climate control, locks, central locking, and all other accessories function as they should.

A test worth paying for

You may also request a detailed inspection from a reputable car inspection firm to ensure that the vehicle is in good technical condition. These could cost you – or the dealer who is willing to do it – a few hundred rand, but the added peace of mind is well worth it.

Interior checks

The interior condition of a car will help determine if the mileage is real. If the interior is tired and worn, particularly the steering wheel, seat bases, and side bolsters, a car with 30,000 km on the clock should have an almost new interior. Examine the upholstery for rips or tears, as well as holes punched in the dashboard and a sagging roof covering.

Bodywork repair

One of the simplest visual checks you can do when looking at a car is checking the bodywork. In other words, you’re looking for any signs of repainting or new panels that may indicate the model has been in an accident. Car park dents and dings are normal on doors, and a chipped front could indicate a lot of highway driving.

Check the gearbox and clutch

Checking the gearbox and clutch is more about what you can experience than what you can see. There are manual and automatic gearboxes, but there are various types of automatic gearboxes that behave differently. The car’s gearbox, whatever it is, can smoothly and quietly activate all gears. There’s a concern if it doesn’t.

Exhaust and smoke check

Start the engine and go to the back of the car, watch exhaust for few minutes if the exhaust stays for a few minutes, it will tell if there’s a problem. You should also pay attention on the colour of the smoke coming out.

 

If you are still unsure book a pre purchase inspection today. We understand that buying a second hand car can be stressful that’s why Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team via email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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Why It Is Important To Regularly Service Your Car

Why It Is Important To Regularly Service Your Car

Regular services are important for good car maintenance. In fact, they are mandatory. Both a major and minor service include an oil change, and oil filter replacement. Engine oil is crucial for engine functionality and must be changed every 10,000 km’s to 15,000 km’s (manufacture dependent).

Here is what a Service Includes and why it is so Important to Regularly Service Your Car

Oil Change

The most important part of a car service is the oil change. If you don’t regularly change your oil, sludge will build up making the oil gummy. This prevents the engine from being well lubricated and creates unnecessary friction – increasing wear and tear, plus generating excess heat. This is likely to result in engine failure and an expensive repair. Without oil, an engine would quickly seize up. The same goes for an engine with really dirty old oil that has lost its effectiveness. Avoid this problem with regular services or oil changes. Good clean oil provides for the best engine lubrication – keep it fresh!

Engine oil is not a substitute for your cars cooling system, but it does absorb and transfer heat in parts of the engine where the coolant cannot reach. Engine oil also cleans the engine by collecting all the dirt and gunk that builds up in an engine. Dirty oil is black with all the grime and gunk and is not effective at lubricating and absorbing heat. But draining the dirty oil means that all the bad stuff goes out. And with a minor service or oil change, your engine will have fresh clean oil that is fit for the job!

Also, ensure the correct type of oil specific to your car is used. And, USE A GOOD QUALITY OIL! Cheap poor quality oil might save you a little now but will cost you more in the long-run.

Filter Replacement

Oil filters help keep your oil clean and free of tiny hard particles. Left unfiltered, these hard particles will wear down engine components such as the oil pump and other bearing surfaces in the engine. Obviously, over time the oil filter builds up all the dirt and becomes blocked. So, replace it at every oil change or when you service your car.

Major services also include air filter replacements. A clean air filter will capture dirt and debris from the air, preventing these small particles from reaching the combustion chamber. The air filter clogs up with dirt over time, restricting the flow of air, making your engine work harder than it needs to.

Spark Plug Replacement

Your spark plugs are only replaced every second service interval i.e. at major services. Spark plugs lose effectiveness as they get old and dirt builds up. They are critical to the functioning of your engine as they provide the spark that ignites the fuel and air mixture inside your engines combustion chamber. Newer spark plugs also require less voltage prolonging the life of your cars battery.

Regular services mean that your engine runs much smoother and is more fuel efficient!

Vehicle Inspection

Our major and minor car service includes not only an oil change and filter replacement but also a comprehensive vehicle inspection, including safety checks. Michanic’s expert mechanics will check for any safety issues that need addressing such as wear and tear on suspension, steering and braking systems. The correct functioning of these components is critical to your cars road-worthiness. Plus, the safety of your passengers! Regular services and inspection can help prevent any major faults down the road.

Pay Attention to Your Service Schedule

The bottom line is that your engine needs to be serviced, regular oil changes and filter replacements (i.e minor service) will prolong the life of your car’s engine. If you don’t service your car regularly, your oil becomes dirty and can get blocked up losing it’s effectiveness. This means that your engine will have to work harder and without effective heat absorption your engine will run hot, resulting in major mechanical issues. This is why full-service history (FSH) is so important when selling a car. So, pay attention to your service schedule! Save yourself from major repair bills and service your car every 10,000 km’s to 15,000 km’s.

 

Book a Service now with Michanic and one of our trusted mechanic will come to your doorstep to service your car at a time that suits you! We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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Keep it Cool Under the Hood! Engine Coolant (or Antifreeze) and Why it's Important.

Keep it Cool Under the Hood! Engine Coolant (or Antifreeze) and Why it’s Important.

Why engine coolant is important in preventing your car from overheating

Ever seen a car on the side of the road with smoke coming out the bonnet? It makes you thankful that its not your car. To make sure that this doesn’t happen to you we are highlighting the importance of taking good car of your engines cooling system. The two most common reasons for engine overheating are low water and coolant levels or a leak in the cooling system. So, it is critical to regularly check your engine coolant level.

Many people only have water in their cooling system and that’s why their engines overheat. Engine coolant (or antifreeze) is a liquid that is added to the water in your engine cooling system. Coolant and antifreeze play an important role by change the boiling and freezing temperatures of your cooling system, ensuring that your car doesn’t overheat in extreme conditions. There are different types of coolant, each one is specifically formulated to keep your engine running in extreme weather conditions. It is also a corrosion inhibitor, protecting the radiator and engine from rusting.

We are more concerned about overheating than freezing in South Africa. Temperatures can be extreme, and we have a hilly terrain so make sure that your car has coolant in it! The coolant reservoir is under your bonnet and should be easy to find. You could have a coolant leak if it’s low or empty and should have it checked out by a mechanic.

Avoid overheating by regularly checking your coolant level, and make sure that you have fresh coolant and not just water.

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What To Do If Your Engine Is Overheating

What To Do If Your Engine Is Overheating

Nowadays, cars are being designed to a point where you shouldn’t need to worry about your engine overheating. However even a well-tuned car can overheat under certain circumstances. Overheating mostly occurs on hot days, when in ‘stop start traffic’ or on steep and hilly terrain. This guide explains what to do if your engine is overheating.

Take The Pressure Of Your Engine

Overheating is most common when your engine is performing a lot of work, especially in hot temperatures. If you are in traffic, slowly advance without accelerating quickly, and try to only move at a controlled speed. If you are climbing hilly terrain, consider lowering your speed, and coasting on downhills.

Turn Off the AC and Open The Windows

If you see a temperature warning on your dashboard, the first thing to do is turn off your air conditioning, and open the windows. Turning off your air conditioning reduced the power burden on your engine.

Vent the Air Out Of Your Engine

If your dashboard is still displaying a temperature warning light, then another possible option is to turn on your heater and fan to high (by fan, we mean the blowing strength of your climate control system.) Although this will make the car hot, venting excess heat from the engine can reduce engine heat.

Pull Over To The Shoulder Of The Road And Wait

The time-tested method for dealing with overheating – just wait for you engine to cool off! If your engine is still overheating after implementing the previous actions, pull over to the shoulder, pop your hood up, and wait for the temperature warning to disappear.

Engine overheating can be caused by mechanical issues too. Low coolant levels can contribute to overheating. You should never fill coolant while the car is hot, though, since the system can be under pressure and you might scald yourself. Wait for the engine to cool right down, then fill the cooling system with an appropriate amount of coolant / antifreeze. You could also just have a faulty thermostat, which you can get checked by a trusted mechanic.

We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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Brake Problems: How To Find Out What’s Wrong

Brake Problems: How To Find Out What’s Wrong

Brake problems are some of the most common issues on cars. Reduced stopping distance being the biggest issue. But braking issues don’t stop there, there are lots of signs that indicate if something is wrong with your brakes. Brake problems are usually accompanied by squeaking and grinding sounds and car vibrations. Sometimes the brake pedal will feel very hard to press down, and other times there may be no brake pressure at all.

Finding out what is wrong with the brakes can be tricky. There are, after all, lots of parts that can go wrong. But here are 5 easy checks you can do to try diagnose your braking problem:

1. Check Brake Performance

Listen for any noises when you’re braking. Any squealing or grinding noises can be due to issues with the brakes. It may just be that the brake pads have worn down too much, or that the discs have not worn evenly.

If you feel a shudder when braking it is likely that your brakes have worn unevenly. The discs may for example have warped due to excessive heat build up. This can have a knock on effect on other brake parts and needs immediate attention.

2. Check Noise When Driving

If you’re driving and not braking and you still hear a scraping noise continuously then there is a chance there is also something wrong with your brakes. It could be that the brake pads have not returned to their normal position after braking. Often it means that a brake caliper has seized and that it continues to push the pads against your discs.

3. Check Brake Hydraulics

Checking the brake pedal can help to find out if there are any issues with the hydraulic system which power the brakes. It’s important that the brakes engage long before you press the brake pedal to the floor. If the brakes only start to kick in late on and they feel spongy then it’s likely you have a problem with the hydraulics. In that instance there may be air in the system.

If you brake hard and you feel that the pressure on the brake pedal slowly decreases, then it’s likely that there may be a leak in the system. This ‘sinking pedal’ issue could mean that the master cylinder or a brake hose is leaking somewhere.

4. Check Brake Discs

The brake discs are usually visible through the spokes in your wheel. When checking them look out for any grooves and ridges or uneven surfaces. The discs should be flat and smooth. If they are not, they might have suffered from scoring. Worn brake pads will be the cause of this. It’s important to get this repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the discs and to stay safe.

5. Check Handbrake

Last but not least make sure to check your handbrake. It is vital in ensuring that your car can be locked in place when stationary. If you have to pull the brake handle higher than usual then it’s likely that the tension on the cable is off. Often readjustment is needed or new brake shoes.

 

If your car has brake problems, it’s always best to have a trusted mechanic check it out. Michanic has a team of specialist mechanics who come to you. We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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DIY: How To Check Your Engine Oil Level

DIY: How To Check Your Engine Oil Level

Did you know that most experts recommend checking your engine oil at least once per month?! when was the last time you checked yours? Engine oil is super important as it acts as a lubricant that prevents the engine components of your car from damage cause by friction as they move around. Here’s how to check your engine oil level in 4 simple steps:

1. Turn off the engine

Make sure the engine is cool so you don’t burn yourself and so that the engine oil has settled. Ensure that it has been off for at least 10 minutes and is cool. You’ll also need to make sure that your car is parked on a level surface.

2. Locate the dipstick

Pop open the bonnet, and look for the dipstick. The dipstick is a long rod which goes deep into your engine and usually has a brightly coloured handle.

3. Clean the dipstick

Wipe any oil off the dipstick with a clean cloth or rag.

4. Check the oil level

Stick the clean dipstick back into the tube, and ensure the end reaches the bottom, then pull the dipstick back out again. There will be an upper and lower mark on the dipstick, the oil level should be between these two marks. If it’s below or on the lower mark, you need to top up your oil to risk causing any engine damage. If you engine oil is dirty (dark black) consider replacing it.

Some cars have a digital oil check function in their cars and no longer use dip sticks. Different cars access the oil levels from the dash in different ways. If your car does not have a dip stick, check your car manual to see how to check your engine oil or book a trusted mechanic now to come have a look for you.

 

We understand that your car plays an important part of your daily life, transporting you and your loved ones. Michanic is dedicated to providing the most convenient services for our customers, so if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your car, feel free to talk to our customer service team through email at [email protected]or by phone on 087 803 9000.

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