Buying a car for the first time is a massive investment, whether you buy it new from a car dealership or used. Since it’s a significant investment (some even go for auto loans), it’s important to maintain your car in tiptop condition.
If you’re a first time car owner, it may all seem unfamiliar at first. So, we came up with a few quick tips for car maintenance if you’re a new car owner.
1. Don’t lose your owner’s manual.
This is a pretty common tip, but an important one to remember. You’ll need to refer to the owner’s manual for help if you have any questions or concerns about your car.
After all, who better to answer your questions than the producers of the car? The owner’s manual explains all the features of your car, the specific oil and fluids needed, and what maintenance schedule you ought to follow.
If you bought a used car with no owner’s manual, worry not. You can usually find a copy online.
If you have time, study the owner’s manual so you’re familiar with your car’s features. It will also help you not to be too lost when something out of the ordinary happens.
2. Learn to feel and listen to your car.
Pay close attention to the feel of your car under normal conditions. This will be your basis that will help you know if something in your car needs immediate attention.
Take note of the situations when something abnormal happens so you can communicate to car inspection services properly. Take the time to feel and listen to your car, when you hear something out of the ordinary, the car may be trying to let you know that something’s wrong.
3. Make sure to always monitor the fluids and tire pressure.
Monitor the motor oil, power steering fluid, and coolant of the car. Make sure your car has the fluid it needs. You can consult a mechanic or your owner’s manual for more information about topping off fluids.
At the same time, you also should take time to make sure that you have the correct tire pressure. Under-inflated tires wear out quicker and even waste gas.
So make sure to check the pressure once monthly at the very least or before long trips.
4. Get in the habit of regularly maintaining your car.
5. Identify professionals you can go to when something’s wrong with your car.
Before your car has problems, take the time to research and determine the best professionals near you who can help you. Here’s a list of professionals in Calgary you can refer to:
You can also ask your friends and family for referrals. That will give you good insight into the quality of work, efficiency, professionalism, and attitude of these car professionals.
That concludes our short list of tips on car maintenance. We hope we were able to help you as a newbie car owner.
If you have any tips in mind, let us know in the comments below.
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