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Vital Checklist

Want to maintain a healthy long lasting car? Read our vital checks to help keep your car safe on the road.

Vital Car Checks

1 Tyres 

  • Check the correct tyre pressures for your car in your vehicle handbook and check them at least every two weeks using a good-quality gauge or garage airline. 
  • Check tyre condition - look for cuts on sidewalls. If anyone tyre needs regular top-ups, it may have a slow puncture. 
  • Check tyre tread - The legal minimum tread depth for cars in the UK is 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising the central three-quarters of breadth of the tread and around its entire outer circumference.

2 Toolkit

  • Check the handbook for the location of the basic toolkit for the car that should contain at least a jack and wheel removal tools.
  • Familiarise yourself with the jacking points used to lift the car safely.
  • If locking wheel nuts are fitted make sure that the toolkit includes the key or removal tool.

Engine oil

  • Check the dipstick at least every fortnight and before any long journey. You can check the oil level by - pulling the dipstick out from under the bonnet and wipe the stick. Slide the dipstick back into its slot, pushing it all the way down, before pulling it out again. See where the line of oil reaches on the stick. If it falls at or below the "Add" line, then you need to add oil.
  • Have the oil and filter changed a recommended service intervals using oil of the correct specification. 
  • Be mindful of how much oil your car is using as high oil consumption can indicate engine problems.

4 Water

  • Check the coolant level regularly in your car and top up as necessary. But make sure you top up your coolant level when the engine is cold!
  • Have the antifreeze concentration checked before winter.
  • Antifreeze prevents the build-up of corrosion within the cooling system as well as stopping the coolant freezing so is important all year round. 

5 Windscreen Wipers

  • Wiper blades wear down over time and smear the windscreen if they become worn - replace them at least once a year for the best performance

6 Screen-wash 

  • Check and top up your screen-wash regularly - it's a legal requirement that the system works!
  • If you want to make sure your windscreen is properly clean, use a good screen-wash additive - as water alone won't clear oily road grime and freezes more readily in the winter!

7 Windscreen 

  • Check your windscreen regularly for stone damage as this can impair vision or distract attention when driving.
  • If you get a chip in your windscreen it may only seem small, but minor chips can grow quickly and crack the glass. However, many can be repaired by a windscreen specialist.

8 Lights

  •  Make sure you check all your lights weekly! Don't forget indicators, brake and fog lights!
  • Clean lights regularly. In bad weather wipe them over with a damp cloth during driving breaks.

9 Power Steering

  • Ensure that the fluid reservoir is checked at least twice a year and check it yourself once a month.
  • Top up only using the correct hydraulic fluid as advised in the car handbook. 

10 Bodywork 

  • Deal promptly with damage to bodywork to prevent rust settling in. 
  • Many cars have extended bodywork warranty schemes, which may require annual inspection at the dealer. Check that any previous owner has kept records up to date.

If you need some assistance with your vehicle health checks contact us or visit your local Ancaster dealership

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What our Customers are saying

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My experience at Ancaster Nissan Bromley was great right from the start of browsing a new vehicle and to then the very large selection of used vehicles to the completion of the sale.

Mr C | 21st June 2019

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Ancaster Fiat Dartford

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Ancaster Nissan Slough

My experience at Ancaster Fiat Dartford was positive because everyone was friendly they showed me around brought me coffee

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Ancaster Fiat Dartford

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Mrs Michelle Hall | 21st June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Slough

Ancaster Jeep Dartford were great because they were extremely helpful and understood my needs.

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I'd definitely recommend Ancaster Nissan Slough to friends and family because I received a cordial and professional service and all my questions were answered

Mr Evangelos Georgiou | 21st June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Slough

The experience at Ancaster Nissan Penge was good because the sales person was very knowledgable, friendly and welcoming. He was very patience with all our questions and answered all queries. Great service and would highly recommend.

Miss Nikki Yun | 21st June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Penge

The experience at Ancaster Nissan Eltham was great because this is my third car I have had from you and I hope it's not the last

Mr Melvin Jacobs | 21st June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Eltham

My experience at Ancaster Nissan Bromley was memorable because from the moment I walked in I was greeted by a very helpful young lady. Offered coffee and sitting while waiting. Given a hassle free test drive of the nevera truck and given great answers to all of my questions the salesperson gave me a follow up call. overall those members of the team that I spoke too gave such a positive response that we will return when it's time to replace my partners car A great experience

Mr Tracey Thorne | 21st June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Bromley

Ancaster Fiat Catford were fantastic because Knowledgeable Relaxed Honest

Mr Ken Frankis | 21st June 2019

Ancaster Fiat Catford

Ancaster Fiat Catford staff were very friendly and helpful. Didn’t feel at all pressured. Went to several other local dealerships looking for small city cars and treatment here was great.

Miss R | 16th June 2019

Ancaster Fiat Catford

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Mrs Tina Lorimer | 11th June 2019

Ancaster Nissan South Croydon

The experience at Ancaster Nissan Shepperton was great because it was clear, understanding of my needs.

Mr Wayne Vincent | 10th June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

The experience at Ancaster Fiat Catford was fantastic because the staff were so helpful and knowledgeable.

Mrs Yasmin Winstanley | 10th June 2019

Ancaster Fiat Catford

I'd recommend Ancaster Nissan Penge to a friend because even though I had an issue with the Vehicle after purchase the after sales support was great and did everything possible to resolve the issue.

Mrs McGuire | 10th June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Penge

The experience at Ancaster Nissan Shepperton was good because i was looked after very well and ever thing was explained to me.

Mrs S | 8th June 2019

Ancaster Nissan Shepperton

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As one of the largest and longest established dealer groups in the South East, Ancaster offer great deals on used cars, new cars, car servicing and motability cars in 13 dealerships at 9 different locations of modern, fully equipped, dealerships in Bromley, Catford, Croydon, Dartford, Penge, Shepperton, Slough and Welling. Find your nearest dealership by entering your postcode below.

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