Your car is an important investment, and that’s true no matter how much you paid for it. That’s why taking proper care of it is so important. Whether you’re in the market for a used vehicle or want to learn how to take care of a car you already have, here are a few used car maintenance tips.
NEVER Skip the Oil Change
Keeping the oil in your car clean and at the proper level is one of the most important things you can do to keep the car in good working order. The engine works hard, and clean oil protects against damage from friction and heat. One of the best ways to shorten the life of your car is to skip oil changes.
Stick to the Schedule
Whether your car is brand new or 20+ years old, you should always stick to the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule. In addition to keeping your used car in top shape, when you keep up with monthly or quarterly maintenance, it gives the shop a chance to catch small issues before they become big problems.
Change the Fluids
Oil isn’t the only fluid that keeps your car running smoothly, and each plays it part in the health of your engine. As with the oil, radiator fluid, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid all need to be kept at the right levels. They can be topped off until the fluid starts to turn black, at which time they’ll need to be changed.
Don’t Ignore the Lights
Those pesky check engine and other warning lights weren’t put there to annoy you; they are installed to provide an early warning that you need to get your car in to the shop. The longer you wait the more extensive—and expensive—the problem becomes. When the light comes on, it’s time to visit your mechanic.
Choosing the Right Shop
You could follow your maintenance schedule to a tee, but if the work isn’t being done right your car is still at risk for issues. Choose a shop with certified mechanics and an established reputation for providing quality work.
Are you in the market for a used car or truck? Owings Auto gives our customers total peace of mind by only selling vehicles that have passed a thorough inspection before being placed on our lot for sale. Plus, we offer an impressive warranty on every vehicle we sell. Stop by to see our current inventory or to have used car maintenance completed by certified, experienced professionals.