Thursday, 9 April 2015

Buying tyres online

As much as I would like to say that we are an outdoorsy family, we do rely heavily on our cars. This has become so much more apparent last month when my car was off the road, for almost the full month. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have known the misery I went through....


Well I am happy to say, both cars are back on the road now... yippee... Where we live, I do need my car, and we need both cars as hubby's working pattern means he works very unsociable hours, and with a 50 mile round trip, its a lot of miles, if I need to take him to work if I need a car that day.
 
With having two cars in the M family, this means, its always something going on with one of them, or even both. Last month, we had mine off the road completely, with a duff battery, failed water pump, and bearings... Daddy M, has a dodgy tyre, or two, that needs pumping up weekly, and a suspected bearing going too.
We are travelling to France, via car next half term. This means this month getting the car fully maintained is our main priority.
We already know Daddy needs two new tyres, and with the size of his wheels, this usually means big bucks... For the past 3 years at least, we have never bought our tyres direct from a garage, unless it was a real emergency. The tyres instead we ordered online, waited a few days, then we had them delivered direct to the house. This then meant we have to find a local garage, who would then fit them for a small fee. This was fine, as meant we saved money, although a pain to have HUGE tyres around the house with young children. However, I have recently been informed of a new website 'point-s.co.uk' who do the same tyres, at around the same price we would have paid to be sent to our house, and then cart off and pay another garage to fit. This saves all the hassle, and the storage problems. We can book a time at the garage and turn up. Bonus. That's our tyres sorted.
 
So anyway, I am rambling now.... with our trip looming.... just 50 days away.... our car maintenance check list is as follows....
 
Tyres - know, check and maintain the tyre pressures, as well as double checking the tread and condition of the tyres.
Engine oil - Check the sufficient amount is in the car. Too little can harm your car.. too much, can leave you in a big ball of smoke, and at a standstill... yes, this did really happen to us....cough...daddy's fault...cough...
Water - Check your car has enough water, and coolant in at all times, (my car had a leak, which meant it didn't, hence the water pump failure) And also in the window washing section too,(with screen wash) driving with a dirty window is dangerous...
Wiper blades - If you can not clear rain, or debris off your windscreen to be able to see, you may not see a small child crossing the road, or the huge traffic jam in front of you. ..
Lights - Lights need to be checked on a weekly basis, if your braking the car behind needs to know. If its dark, you need to be able to see, as well as letting others know you are there... its common sense really...
Bodywork - I didn't realise this is in the maintenance check list. My car was bought with a dent in the back of it, and I haven't fixed it, as its just cosmetic, the money is spent better elsewhere... maybe I should look at getting it fixed to stop the rust setting in...
 
So.. this is just general maintenance that we all need to check weekly on our cars, whether your going to France, or just down the road...
 
 
 

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