Owning a supercar is nothing like owning a normal car, and if you’re lucky enough to drive something like a Lamborghini Gallardo then you’ll want to do everything that you can to take good care of it and preserve its value. Here are our top 5 supercar maintenance tips to help you look after your pride and joy.
1. Keep your supercar clean
Face it, your supercar is going to attract attention, so you may as well make sure that it looks its best at all times. But keeping your supercar clean isn’t just about the aesthetics: it also helps protect the finish from damage caused by dirt and grit from the road.
Unless you have a Range Rover or other off-roading 4×4, the first thing you can do to keep your car clean is minimise how dirty it gets by avoiding driving it in adverse weather conditions. When it comes to cleaning your supercar steer away from automatic car washes. Instead, have your supercar valeted by a company who you can trust to take the same level of care that you would or take the time to clean your supercar yourself.
2. Know the service schedule
Your supercar will come with a service schedule, but it’s up to you to keep an eye on the trip meter and take the car in to the garage when the time comes. Scheduled services can range from an oil change to a complete engine re-fit, and are never particularly cheap. Servicing a supercar requires specialist tools so make sure that you always use an approved and trustworthy mechanic.
Tyres are one of the biggest costs your will occur in maintaining a supercar. Not only do they wear out quickly, but replacements can be very costly. Check the condition of your tyres regularly and avoid the temptation to carry on running a set of tyres after they are due to be replaced.
3. Keep a detailed paper-trail
Make sure that you keep a detailed paper-trail of any and all work that you have done on your supercar, as if you ever wish to sell your vehicle having a complete set of paperwork will help you get the full value of your car. Second hand car buyers will want to know the history of the vehicle so that they can make sure that it has been well looked after.
4. Drive your supercar regularly
Supercars like the Lamborghini Gallardo or Lamborghini Huracan are works of art, but they’re designed to be driven, not just looked at. Leaving a supercar in a garage for long periods of time is a recipe for high maintenance costs and the disappointment of having it not start up when you finally decide to take it for a spin.
Not only will the battery in your supercar go flat if you don’t drive it for an extended period of time but the fuel, oil, and lubricants in the engine can start to degrade. If you are not able to drive your supercar for a little while, if the weather is too poor for example, make sure that you at least turn the engine over from time to time.
5. Rent a supercar instead!
Owning a supercar is everyone’s dream come true, but can be extremely stressful and extremely expensive. Renting a supercar is a great way to get all the benefits of driving a supercar without the hassle of actually owning one. Not only that, but you can hire the supercar of your dreams, say, a Lamborghini Huracan, for a fraction of the price that it would cost you to buy and maintain one.