Many people can be hesitant when it comes to buying used vehicles but they have a belief that the vehicles won’t last long. However, that is absolutely untrue, especially if you know how to properly take care of your car. We’re going to give you a few tips to make sure that no matter the age of the car, you’ll be able to keep it in top condition, especially if you plan on selling it in the future. The resale value is a particular thing that you need to watch out for, and the amount of money you can get through selling your car should be a driving factor to keep the car in top shape. Keep reading down below to learn more about our tips!
Check the engine oil:
Every single month you should be checking to make sure there isn’t an oil leak, or a lack of oil. Make sure your car is on level ground so you can get an accurate reading on the dipstick. When you do add oil, make sure you do not overfill. If you notice a leak, make sure to get it fixed as soon as possible.
Check tire air pressure:
Before any long trip, and at least once a month, you should be checking the inflation pressure of every tire. This includes checking the spare tire. This check needs to happen while the tires are cold, so do not do this after driving a long commute. Make sure when you compare the inflation pressure it matches the manufacturer, and not the pressure that is on the tire’s sidewall. If you need to know where the suggested tire pressure is, check the owner’s manual, glove compartment, or a placard that is on the front door jamb.
Wash the car:
You should be washing your car every single week if you’re able to. This includes the body, the fender wells, and the undercarriage. This is especially important for people who live in cooler climates where there is a lot of salt on the roads during the winter.
Get an oil change every six months/7,500 miles:
Stay up to date on oil changes, and when you do get the oil changed, there are a few other things you should be looking at. Check the air filter, inspect the exhaust system, check the constant-velocity-joint boots, check the battery, clean the radiator, check the fluids, and look at the brakes. By doing this you can be saving yourself and your car a lot of hassle down the road, especially if you are able to spot something early.
Get regular maintenance every two to four years:
This regular maintenance should include a laundry list of things to go over. First off, you should drain and flush the cooling system. To do this, it’s best to leave it to the professionals in a shop. It’s also recommended that you change the automatic transmission fluid, which you should be doing every 36,000 miles. The filter lasts over 100,000 miles, so that isn’t as large of a concern. You should be replacing the drive belts and hoses, even if you don’t see any noticeable signs of wear. Finally, every 60,000 to 80,000 miles, you should be replacing your timing belt. A failure to change the timing belt can lead to costly engine repairs.
The benefits of doing these tips far outweigh the time you’ll spend doing them. Not only will your car simply last longer, it will be less likely to breakdown, and you’ll be able to sell it for more money if the opportunity does arise. If you’re ready to be a used car owner, stop by our dealership today and check out our used car inventory!