Friday, August 25, 2017

Tips For First-Time Owners on How to Maintain Their Cars

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Whether it's new or old, every car needs to be cared for. If you're a first-time owner there're certain things that you need to take note of when it comes to maintaining your car. There're simple tasks that you can do yourself like cleaning the car, installing new windshield wipers, and checking tire pressure. But there're tasks that only a mechanic can do such as changing oil and new brakes. You also have to make sure that you've read the owner's manual for you to know the car's features and the schedule for the maintenance. Be attentive to any changes in performance, noises, leaks, and smell. It's better to have the vehicle repaired while the problems are still in its early stages.  

Having your car regularly washed and waxed will help protect the paint from elements. Another important task is to keep your tires properly inflated because if they're not, they'll wear faster and it's a waste of gas. Always have a tire pressure gauge on hand and check pressure at least once a month. Another must-do is to keep your car's registration certificate and other important documents handy. Better yet, keep them in the car so you won't misplace them. It's likewise practical to join a motor club so you can just call them if your car breaks down or you get a flat tire (but of course you need to learn how to change a flat tire). 

It's also essential that you have a reliable and highly qualified mechanic. Ask your family and friends for recommendations and once you find one, make sure to form a relationship of confidence and esteem. Furthermore, think hard where you'll have your car repaired, whether it's in a local repair shop or franchised dealership. Although local repair shops are cheaper, franchised dealerships have technicians that specialize in your brand and have parts and tools specifically for your car's model. 

Don't be afraid to visit websites like for any information concerning a particular car brand and/or model. They have plenty of resources, even videos and reviews that will certainly help a first-time owner and/or those who are shopping for a car. 

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