3 Tips for Near Perfect New Car Maintenance
When you buy a new car, you typically buy it for security. The security of knowing that you’ll control the past, present, and future of your vehicle without worrying about issues caused by a previous owner.
Unfortunately, new cars aren’t excluded from mechanical issues and can, on occasion, suffer more serious repairs than a gently-used car.
In order to do your best to avoid those types of situations, there are a few important things you need to know about auto service and car maintenance.
The following tips will put you in the best mindset possible to keep your car in great condition so that it provides you with reliable service for years and years to come:
Follow Your Vehicle’s Maintenance Schedule
You’ve probably heard you should get your oil changed between every 3,000 and 10,000 miles. That’s a big gap, and there’s no telling what’s right for your specific vehicle if you’re just basing your maintenance around general information.
Instead, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer directly for specific maintenance instructions. You don’t want to take the risk of going too long in between regular maintenance visits, but you also don’t want to overspend as well.
It sounds simple, and that’s because it really is. As long you’re following your maintenance schedule, you’ll have your vehicle running at optimal performance.
Get a Thorough Inspection at Each Oil Change
While you may think that issues with your car will always be obvious, such as a noise or a dashboard light, many times they go unnoticed.
To stay on top of any impending repairs, have a thorough inspection done during each oil change visit. Many dealerships include this service with their oil changes, so be sure to check.
It’s worth paying for the extra service, but if you can get it as part of your oil change service, that’s even better!
Have Repairs Done Sooner Than Later
Service shops have gotten a bad reputation with consumers because some will make up issues and perform unnecessary repairs to increase revenue.
This is something you should be wary of, as many repairs are extremely expensive. It’s best to always get a second opinion. Whether that means finding a friend, independent mechanic, or just taking your car to the next closest shop or dealership, you need peace of mind.
Once you have identified for a fact that there is an issue, get it done as soon as possible. Many issues can cause more problems for your vehicle down the road, and that could end up costing you even more than the current repair.
There’s no way to get “perfect” car maintenance, as there’s no way to guarantee reliability. But by being proactive, you’ll find your new car will be much more likely to last longer than if you chose to ignore maintenance and other issues.