The used car market is an absolute blessing for motorists at the moment, as continually rising costs across the board make the ownership of a new vehicle a prohibitive cost for most.

While used cars cost less to buy and to run, they can cost more on account of their decreased reliability – but what can be done to address the reliability of a used car properly?

Regular Maintenance

The first step to improving vehicle reliability is, quite simply, to maintain it well. Vehicles do not break down on a whim but instead respond to failing or drifting parts, poor handling or other forms of misuse. By regularly conducting proper maintenance tasks, from replacing the oil to swapping out the brake discs, you can minimise the risk of further part failures and resulting driving issues. Oil is an especially important part of vehicle maintenance and reliability, given its central role in keeping the engine ticking over smoothly.

Thorough Inspections

Of course, not all vehicle checks should be reactive – though they often are. Instead of working to reduce the clanking sound in your engine, you should be ensuring it never presents in the first place. This means enacting thorough vehicle checks on a regular basis, with a view to preventing the onset of issues in the first place. Checking the oil is part of this process, as is the simple act of rotating your wheels – that is, moving the placement of each tyre around the vehicle to ensure they wear evenly.

Buying from Reputable Dealers

In some cases, the decks are effectively stacked against you; this is particularly true where you have been unlucky enough to inherit a vehicle predisposed to breakdown and failure. The sunk cost fallacy can keep you wedded to a car that just doesn’t respect you or your wallet the same way you respect it, leading to the increased likelihood of further breakdowns and further costs.

While this doesn’t solve the problem of currently owning an unreliable car, it is a lesson well worth remembering – you should always buy from a reputable dealer. As an example: you see an approved used Peugeot 3008 for sale via a dealership with a significant presence in your area. Speaking to a sales assistant from the dealership, you are offered a warranty after purchase and a complete notarised history of the vehicle, too – giving you the confidence to follow through in the knowledge your vehicle is in good condition and covered, nonetheless.

Understanding Vehicle History

We’ve mentioned vehicle history in passing, but understanding vehicle history can be crucial to understanding reliability. A vehicle’s V5C will tell you a lot about its past, including any prior incidents – be they crashes or mechanical failures. Sometimes such failures can cascade, or even re-present themselves in the future. Having a clue as to your car’s history can give you a clue to its future, and allow you to act accordingly.


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