Tips for Maintaining Your Used Car

By Mike Richards Updated: 07/26/2022 Posted: 12/21/2017

When you buy a used car, you can pat yourself on the back for shopping smart and saving a substantial amount of money. You may have saved thousands of dollars over the cost of a brand-new car, and that’s no small feat. These used vehicles can be fantastic buys, and if you are diligent about finding good vehicles, they can be quite reliable. However, that’s not the end of the story when it comes to your used vehicle. If you want it to last and expect to get your money’s worth from the vehicle, you need to make sure that you maintain it properly.

Fortunately, proper maintenance for the vehicle does not have to be overly difficult. You can follow the simple tips provided here to help you take great care of your vehicle. This way, it will last you for many more years, making the overall purchase price even better.

Make Sure You Change the Oil

It might surprise you to know just how many people forget or neglect to change the oil in their vehicle. In some cases, they will forget. Other times, they might simply not feel it is important. This is a huge mistake. This is essential with new vehicles, but it is even more important with used vehicles, particularly if you do not know how well the car was taken care of in the past. Change the filter and the oil in the vehicle at regular intervals. Few things are going to destroy an engine faster than failure to do this. The importance of an oil change cannot be overstated.

The Cooling System

To keep the radiator and the rest of the cooling system in good shape, you will want to flush the system and change out the coolant at least once per year. You should keep a mixture of 50% coolant and 50% water in the system. This helps to ensure the cooling system is working properly, and that it reduces the deposits and corrosion that can occur in many cooling systems.

Transmission Fluids and Differential Oil

You should also make sure you have the differential oil and the transmission fluids changed in your used vehicle. These do not need to be changed too often, but you do want to make sure that you have them taken care of at regular intervals. Make sure everything in the vehicle that needs lubrication has the oil and grease it needs.

Clean the Vehicle

Your vehicle should be cleaned well inside and outside. It will help to keep the car looking great, and it ensures you are removing salt and grime from the road so you can reduce the risk of damage from rust. Another way to help keep the vehicle looking great is to apply a nice coat of wax every six months or so.

Performing Maintenance

After buying the used car for sale, you might find that you simply don’t have the time or skills needed when it comes to taking care of all the maintenance. Everyone’s lifestyle is different, and it’s okay if you don’t have the time. However, this does not mean that you can neglect your maintenance. Simply find a mechanic that you can trust and take the vehicle to have service for all the elements we’ve discussed above. Listen to the mechanic’s advice, but if you ever feel that a mechanic might be trying to pull one over on your because you do not know much about cars, get a second opinion.

When You Get the Used Car

Even if you believe that the used car is in good shape when you take ownership of it, you should take it to a mechanic right away. They can give it a checkup and take care of the initial maintenance for the vehicle. Then, you can set up a schedule with the mechanic to determine when you should bring the car in for any further service and maintenance.

Make It Last

When you have proper maintenance, and make quick repairs for the “little things” on the vehicle you buy, you will find that the vehicle can last for years to come. Never ignore the importance of maintenance, even though it might take some time and cost some money. In the end, maintenance is always worth it.