After buying a used car, it is easy to assume that no follow-up maintenance will be needed for a couple months at least. The dealership should have taken care of everything for me right? Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
It is important to do these 5 things immediately after buying your new used car to keep it running smoothly.
New Tires and Wheel Alignment
First and foremost, you will want to buy new tires after purchasing a used vehicle. Not only will this save you money in the long run, but it might also help save your life.
Without proper tread depth, your ability to brake and handle the vehicle could be severely compromised, especially in rainy or snowy conditions. A low tread can also impact the car’s comfort and fuel economy.
Replace Filters and Fluids
You never know how long a used car has been sitting in the lot before being sold. During that time, the vehicle’s fluids will become stagnant and the quality will degrade.
Start by replacing the engine oil, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. Replacing these fluids will prevent unnecessary damages from occurring, and more importantly, prevent dangerous situations from arising.
After buying a used car, one of the easiest ways to tell if you need your brakes changed is by simply listening to them. Start by turning off the radio, turning off the air conditioning, and opening the windows. Then, listen for any grinding noises while braking – this is a clear indicator that your brake pads need to be replaced.
Even if you do not hear anything, Trick Trucks still recommends visiting a mechanic to visually inspect your brakes. Worn brake pads pose a serious threat to the driver and passengers, as well as other vehicles on the road.
Learn How To Drive
We understand that buying a new used car is exciting, and you might be eager to hit the road. But before you do, it is important that you take the time to learn everything there is to know about your vehicle. This includes learning about turn signals, windshield wipers, spare tire, radio, hazard lights, and emergency brake.
Plan Future Maintenance
Once all your initial repairs have been completed, you can start planning for future maintenance and tune-ups. Read your owner’s manual to find out the recommended maintenance routine. It will tell you when the manufacturer recommends an oil change, battery change, tire rotation, fluid replacements and more.
Planning out your future maintenance schedule will ensure nothing is missed or overlooked, and will help your used car last longer.
Trick Trucks Has the Answers to All Your Vehicle Care Questions
If you want an upgrade, then come to see us at Trick Trucks. We are happy to make sure your truck is in great condition and is looking fresh all year round. We have over forty years of experience, so there is nothing we haven’t seen. Give us a call at 1-866-60-TRICK or visit us online. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with our newest projects and to gain inspiration for your next one.