One of the biggest benefits of making the call to buy a new car is the fact that ongoing maintenance has become fairly irrelevant to newer vehicles. But when you make the investment into a new car, you want to make sure that your investment is on the road for as long as possible and holds its value. To do this there are a few steps of preventative maintenance that you can perform to make sure you get the most out of your investment. So today, we are going to be going over a few of the best ways you can ensure your new vehicle is taken care of and you can find our tips down below!
Regularly Check Your Oil
It doesn’t matter how new your car is, sometimes vehicles can come straight from the factory with flaws and one of the most common has to do with oil, especially in vehicles like Subarus. This is why you should regularly check your oil. When checking the oil, make sure the vehicle is on level ground to ensure a proper reading. It can also help to check the vehicle while it is cold and when it is warm to see get an even more accurate reading. If you notice your engine has low oil fill it up but do not overfill. If you notice any oil leaks, identify and fix them ASAP.
Check Your Tires
A little form of maintenance that you should perform monthly or before a long road trip is the check of your tire’s air pressure. Low air pressure can leave your engine working harder, decreasing gas efficiency and tire pressure that is too high can lead to dangerous driving conditions and an increased chance of the tire popping. To make sure your tires are in the adequate range, check with the owner’s manual or sticker in the driver side door jam for the factory specs for tire pressure for Summer and Winter specs.
Keep The Vehicle Clean
One of the most important things you can do with a new vehicle is to make sure you keep it detailed! Detailing the vehicle will prolong the life of the fabrics, plastics, and leather by getting rid of dirt and grime that can wear down your vehicle’s interior, rapidly aging it with cracks and rips. On the exterior of your vehicle, you will want to try to wash the car at least once a week if you can, especially in colder regions. Washing the car will make sure that salts, asphalt or dirt won’t wear down your paint. Top it all off with a coat of wax and your factory paint will stay mint for years to come!
Long Term Maintenance
While the regular maintenance of your vehicle will be few and far in between, long term maintenance is crucial to how long your vehicle will be on the road. One of the most common forms of long term maintenance is the rotation of your tires and this should be done every 5,000 miles or along with every oil change or before a long road trip but you can check with your owners manual for better accuracy. You will also want to do a fluid flush every 25,000 miles to make sure your engine cooling and your brakes are kept in good condition, making your vehicle last longer and safer.
While this may seem like a lot of maintenance, you will be excited to know that maintenance on used vehicles is a lot more strenuous as the vehicle will need to be looked at in-depth. Well now that you know what it takes to maintain a new vehicle, we wish you the best of luck and the safest of travels in the future!