Purchasing a new car is a big financial commitment, which is why it’s important to make sure you get the most out of your vehicle as possible. Here are some tips for extending the life of your car so you don’t have to worry about replacing it sooner rather than later.
Don’t ignore minor issues. Whether it’s a problem
with your air conditioning or a slight vibration when you hit the brake pedal,
ignoring minor car issues can potentially cause further damage in the long run.
These easy-to-ignore problems can lead to an expensive fix, too, so bring your
vehicle in to Downtown Autogroup and get looked over no matter how small the
Keep up with routine maintenance. Cars need to be
taken care of at certain intervals. This means getting your vehicle’s oil
changed, tires rotated, and brakes checked on time. Check out your owner’s
manual for the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
Take care of your vehicle. It can be easy to forget
to take your vehicle for a cleaning or to pick up any trash that has
accumulated in your passenger foot well. Keeping your car clean, though, can
help extend its life.
Change your air filter. Your air filter collects dust and other pollutants that enter your car. If you don’t remember to change your filter regularly, these particles can accumulate and have a negative effect on your fuel efficiency and engine performance.
Purchasing a used car is a smart way to save money while still getting the vehicle you want. But what do you need to ask the seller before you buy? Here are a few questions you should ask when buying a used vehicle.
Do you have the service records?
You want to purchase a vehicle that has been serviced regularly, and the service record will indicate just that.
Has it been in any accidents?
Accidents are usually noted in a vehicle’s history report, but it might not have everything. If you ask this question, make sure you also find out how the vehicle was damaged and fixed, because it can possibly cause issues in the future.
Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
If you’re serious about buying the car, it’s important to have it looked over by a mechanic you trust. Most sellers will allow you to take the vehicle in for a once-over. If they won’t, then you probably don’t want to purchase the vehicle they’re selling.
What is the ownership history?
This question is important to determine whether the car has been owned a short time or not. It’s better to purchase a used car from a seller who has cared for the car for several years, as it is more likely to be in good working order.