Have you just bought your first car? And that too is second hand? It’s very usual for your heart to get pondered upon the fact that how are you going to deal with it.
Don’t worry! To help you out with this mess—we’re bringing you some simple, short, and easy steps that will guide you throughout and spare you to celebrate your debut drive. So let’s kick-start this phenomenal ride.
These are the following actions you need to take to make your recently purchased used-car feel like new: Rechecks, Replacements, Reoiling, & Refueling.
Even if your car is shining like a diamond—you still must get it checked by a professional if you haven’t accomplished that yet—before you step out on that dream trip. Rechecking of everything must be done: from the engine to steering, tires to seats, lights to filters, etc.
You never know a good-looking vehicle outside may be holding flaws inside.
There are certain time or mile intervals where an automobile demands maintenance. If your car has touched any of the marks given below, you should consider replacing the following elements:
- Fuel Filter – 40,000 Miles
- Brake Pads – 20,000 Miles
- Spark Plugs – 30,000 Miles
- Engine Timing Belt – 100,000 Miles
If your cruise is a bit old, you should also consider the following (as used cars often need these changes to be not felt like used):
- Swapping of Tires: Swap your tires every 5,000 miles (swapping means shifting of the front wheels to the rear ones and vice versa.). Or, upgrade to the fresh ones if the current ones are no longer drivable.
- Windshield Wipers: If your car’s wipers are broken or rubbed, you need to install new.
- Polishing: If your car is already in pristine condition—as most of the used cars come shiny with new wax and wash already done—just ignore this portion. But sometimes, they do look old. Well, in that case, you must get your wagon a good wash & polish before you spread the good news.
- Lights: Look for lights that are fused. If you see any, time to change.
- Broken Hoses: Open the engine area (bonnet) and replace any damaged hose you spot.
- Belts: Whether the seat belts or gear belts, if you witness any cut on any belt, change it.
- Air Filter – Every Year
Engine oil must be changed every 3,000 miles. Do not miss this if you’re expecting a good life span and low repairing charges from your car.
Refueling of the following fluids need to be done time to time for a smooth driving experience:
These are generally located in the engine bay section:
- Brake Fluid
- Windshield Washer Fluid
- Power Steering Fluid
- Engine Coolant
- Battery: Keep your battery clean. And if you do it yourself, make sure to be extra careful.
Meanwhile, when you are on a car hunt, there are specific choices, budgets, and facts enclosed with it. And even when you shout your throat out that “are there any used cars near me?” you get nothing in hand. But, one day there is your first four-wheeler standing right outside at its owner’s door: lacking in many aspects, but you compromise and make a deal knowing you’ll fix everything. And, so you do.
After all, the first car is the first car.