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What to do and what not to do in a New Car?

So you’ve gotten yourself a new ride. You have a huge grin plastered on your face and can’t wait to test and explore your new baby. Remember, as fun and delighting it may be, there’s a break-in period with new cars that may reduce your engine’s performance and longevity if not done right.

Here are five Do’s and Don’ts in a new car.


  1. DO have the windows tinted

Since we live in a harsh weather condition, it’s good to have your windows tinted with the recommended safety tint. Tinting reduces the amount of sunlight your vehicle’s interior is exposed to and keeps it from wearing out faster. The minimum permissible visible light transmission (VLT) levels are 70% for the front windscreen, 50% for the front side windows and 30% for all other windows. Don’t go beyond that or you’ll be looking for trouble with the lawmakers.

  1. DO keep your car serviced right

Make sure not to skip on your service dates and have your service appointments met. This will ensure your engine is running smoothly for a long period and avoid you from becoming a victim of breakdowns caused by skipping service dates. If you need to make an appointment, find a trusted workshop near you through our Workshop Locator.

  1. DO keep the interior clean

Keeping the car clean goes a long way from reflecting your personality to keeping your car’s resale value up. Avoid smoking and eating in your car as the smell and stains may leave a permanent mark.

  1. DO be mindful of where you park

Avoid parking your car under direct sunlight or in the heat as this may cause both interior and exterior damages to your car. Our scorching weather isn’t kind to both us and our vehicle and may result in an increase in wear and tear upon frequent exposure.

  1. DO polish and wax often

Have your car shining and looking as new as it should be by washing, polishing and waxing it often. Make sure to wash and vacuum your car at least once a month and have it polished and waxed at least four times a year. It’ll keep your car from minor scratches, chipping of paint and dirt.



  1. DON’T accelerate heavily off the starting block

It is tempting to go pedal to the metal with your new car, especially since it feels this smooth. However, keep in mind that flooring it at full throttle will wear down your piston rings and it may not be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. Be gentle and accelerate gently, at least during the break-in period of the first 1,000km.

  1. DON’T max out your RPM

Most new car owners love to test out the maximum potential of their machine way too soon. Forget about the redlining. Unless your new engine’s capability is already broken by the production, it is not wise to stress out your new engine. Keep it under 3,500 – 4,000 RPM until your first 1,000 km.

  1. DON’T use engine flush

Some car owners get overly concerned over their machines, they go the extra mile to keep it mint. One famous solution for a smooth running engine is using engine flush. Well, while some may argue it’s not a bad idea, there are car-makers who aren’t really fond of engine flush due to the concern that it may damage an engine in the long run. Most engine oils, such as Castrol’s are already added with cleansing benefits, providing the same benefits as the engine flush. Read more about this here.

  1. DON’T use cruise control

During the break-in period, the engine should be exposed to varying RPM and cruising speed as much as possible. Using cruise control sets the engine at one RPM, thus not wearing it properly.

  1. DON’T travel short distances frequently

Just like an athlete, your engine needs to warm up and cool down properly. Short trips don’t expose engine long enough to have it warmed up and quick trips without proper warm up could also compromise the engine performance.

The length of break-in period may vary according to vehicles. Some may require more time than we’ve suggested while others shorter. Whichever it may be, it’s a good idea to keep driving efficiently to prolong your engine’s performance. Check with your trusted mechanics during your next service for more tips to keep your engine running smoother and ways to preserve your car’s appeal.


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