Purchased in New Car in Family. Know Care Tips for your New Car with Important Checks on Speed, Maintenance, Tyre, Documents to be Carried, PUC, Warranty, Insurance
Have you recently bought New Car. Here are some Recommended Tips to follow for Smooth Car Ownership Experience :-
Immediately after taking Car Delivery: Get Tyre Pressure checked as is observed in high number of cars post delivery to have incorrect high Tyre Pressure. Also get Fuel Refilled to Full either at same day or next day morning.
Read Owner Manual: A Car Owner Manual is like Bible of Car. Provides Sacro-sanct Information about Car Servicing, Functions, Warning Sign and also let know Parts under Warranty Coverage.
Spare Time to go through Owner Manual in next few days and even if extreme busy - glance on to Service Schedule, Emergency and Safety Checks.
It actually is a good way to know about Car Hazard Indicators, Fuel Tank Capacity, Air Pressure and Basic Control Functions. Also - can know Services which are required to be done during Scheduled Servicing and avoid in money minting tasks of Workshops - charging for things as not required.
Driving the Car for Initial 1000 Kms (Break In Period) : A new car takes time to accustom - the Engine, Piston, Fuel Lines - all takes time to lubricate and initial mileage will be low. There is a statement - which you might heard of in Old Times from your Mechanic - 'कार रवा होने मे समय लगता है' . It still holds True. As a General Cycle, its best
» For Initial 200 Kms: Its a new Baby. Be Gentle to it and Try not to Cross in Speed of 60 Km/hr and avoid in Sudden Brakes
» From 200 Km to 1000 Kms: Try to Limit Speed upto 80 Km/hr and advisory to try and maintain RPM in range of 2000 RPM to 3000 RPM for Optimum Tune up of ECU
Also do not maintain a single speed for long periods of time, either fast or slow. Varying engine speed is needed to properly break-in the engine.
Then can take on car to throttle experience, still its best if Speed of 100 Km/hr with 3000 rpm is retained for not only Fuel Efficiency, but to prevent any unnecessary Strain to Car Engine - till the Oil Change Happens.
Specific to Turbo Charged Cars (Turbo Petrol Cars like Nexon, Venue Turbo, Seltos Turbo or diesel One) : Turbo Spools at very high RPM. Never race the car after starting, it can lead to premature wear & tear of Turbo. If the engine is cold, idling is recommended for few seconds so that Turbocharger gets Lubrication
Also, After high speed or many hours of driving, Idle the engine for about a minute before turning off the Ignition. This will allow Turbo Charger to cool off
Also for DCT Automatic one like in Venue, Seltos - Its a dry clutch so while stopping at red light for more than 15 seconds, dont let stand the car on drive mode and apply brake, rather put it in neutral and have hand brake up as best practice else transmission may get heat up
Safety: Safe Driving is of Paramount Importance. Ensure to
» Fuel Refill: Never wait for Fuel Warning Light to Glow up - to refill Fuel. Its no good - as dirt in fuel tends to settle down. Always, make an attempt to refill Fuel - at atleast 30% been left. Dont wait for Fuel to deplete off
Advisable to refill Fuel in Early Mornings - due to Density Reasons
» Tyre Pressure: Best to check in Tyre Pressure on Weekly Basis. A car with low air pressure will tend to skid along and takes extra effort from engine to move on and hence drop on the mileage of the car significantly even to tune of 10% to even worse down to 15%
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Driving on Water Logged Roads (> 1 Feet): Try to Avoid Driving on Water Logged Areas or worse affected by Flood. If by any chance the Vehicle gets Stopped after driving in deep water, do not make repeat attempts to turn on Ignition again - It can potentially lead to Hydro-Static Lock (a very expensive repair in Lakhs) and is neither covered in Warranty and nor even in Zero Depreciation Plan (unless an add on Engine Protector Plan is additionally) taken of. Call Roadside Assistance to get Car Towed
Outside Accessory Fitment: Do ensure to check Wiring density as sub standard one can catch fire and also check whether the fitment person is expert or Naive as if some one who is not an expert can Potentially lead to your car warranty been Void if any modification to car original Car Wiring done. Even - some Manufacturers also take on Tyre Upsize as potential reason of Warranty been void - on pretext that Suspension Dynamics, Shocker get impacted and car steering Handling also gets impacted - leading all to unnecessary Impact to Car Engine Performance.
Long Term AC Effectiveness Tips: If your Car is not Equipped with Cabin AC Pollen Filter, its best to fit in same. Costs Rs 350 - 500. Not only it prevent dirt from entering cabin but also prove useful in Long Lasting AC Effectiveness. Also - advisable to not to switch on AC - during first minute of drive and turn off the AC Switch - atleast 30 seconds before reaching destination. Its Useful in long lasting AC Effectiveness
Service Schedule Interval: Its important to know Service Schedule and follow them on time. Thats the best way to maintain Vehicle - provided all scheduled servicings done on time and from Authorized Workshop
Night Driving: If you are one among those - who travel in late evenings. Its best to Upgrade in Headlight Bulbs with Philips Xtreme Vision Plus or Osram Night Breaker. Not only - its Plug and Play - wherein no external relay is required, but also proves to be better in headlight clarity. Also - Auto Dimming IRVM prove useful in preventing Glare in Internal Rear View Mirror. Know - Useful Car Accessories
Documents Checklist: Ensure that you always Carry these documents in your New Car
» Insurance Cover Note : The Validity of Cover note is 60 Days. However, best and reliable option is to take Insurance Policy
Match on Vehicle Model with Fuel Type, Engine Number, Chassis Number, Car Model, Hypothecation, Owner Name - matching with Vehicle records - so that no Endorsement or Cancellation
» RTO Receipt or RC : RTO Receipt with Tax Paid to RTO is valid for 90 Days. Generally RC (aka Smart Card) comes in 45 to 60 days (based on RTO). Ensure you have Smart Card carried in your Car as soon as you get in or install in Digilocker
If Moving out of State - have Invoice, RTO Receipt, Insurance Policy with you Mandatory
» Important Contact Numbers : 24x7 Road Side Assistance, Dealer Workshop, Dealer Showroom Manager and Couple of Important Contacts on Piece of Paper and be there with Vehicle Documents. You never know - when you require a contingency help or assistance.
» Driving License - Needless to mention - Mandatory Legal Document for carrying DL in Original while driving Car.
Important: PUC (Pollution) Certificate is not required for 1st Year in New Cars. No Need of Getting Pollution Check for New Car. Its required for Vehicles only post completion of 12 month. Know PUC Details for New Car