When you buy a used car from a private seller, it’s a good idea to perform some basic maintenance tasks to make sure your new used car is ready to provide many years of reliable driving. Because you may not necessarily know when the last tire rotation or oil change was, it’s important to take a peek under the hood and at the tires.
Check the oil. First of all, take a look at the oil. If the oil is discolored or low, be sure to replace it or top it off as is necessary. Stay on top of regular oil changes based on the user’s manual recommendations.
Top off fluids. Check the antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. Top off or replace any fluids that appear to be running low or are dirty.
Check wipers and lights. Make sure that your windshield wipers are in good working condition, and effectively clear the windshield – they are easy and inexpensive to replace if necessary. Also take time to make sure all the car’s lights are functioning. Interior lights, headlights, taillights, blinkers, and high beams should be tested. Replace light bulbs as necessary.
Check the tires. Finally, inspect the tires, and make sure they aren’t over-worn or under-inflated. If the front tires look more worn than the rear, it’s probably time for a tire rotation.
Keep in mind that if you purchase your used vehicle from Brown Motors Ford Lincoln, we’ll already have done all of these used car maintenance checks, and much more. Stop by to learn more about our certified pre-owned program!