We all know that buying a used car is a great financial decision. But, used cars do come with a little bit of risk—you don’t necessarily know the vehicle’s entire history. However, cars are more reliable than ever before, and even if you buy a car more than five years old, it should last you for many years to come. Here are a few used car care tips, to help you get there.
- Change the oil. Follow the oil change schedule laid out in the owner’s manual. This simple step will ensure the engine stays lubricated and running smoothly.
- Clean it. Built-up dirt and grime can slowly wear down a car’s interior and exterior. Clean it regularly, including washing the outside and vacuuming the interior. Also don’t forget to apply some wax to your paint to keep it protected.
- Park in the shade. UV rays can be pretty harmful to some of the vehicle’s materials. Park your car in the shade as much as possible to avoid premature wear of your car’s interior features.
- Check your fluids. Check all of your vehicle’s fluids on a regular basis and follow the owner’s manual for when it recommends getting them changed.
If you follow these simple steps, you will have a car that you can rely on year in and year out!