After buying a car the most important thing you can do to ensure it keeps its safety standards is to keep up on preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is everything from an oil change, to changing your brakes, your wipers, and even changing your filters. Keeping up on the maintenance of your car helps keep you and your passengers safe as well as ensures that your vehicle is always up to date and also as efficient as it can be.
From the moment you buy a vehicle it is important to check the car so you know when something looks wrong or sounds wrong. Check your fluids, tires, and belts to be sure everything is filled and working. Next check your hoses, lights and filters to be sure everything is clean and on. This kind of low key maintenance will save you from dealing with bigger issues in the future. Also very important is to check ignition components every so often.
With so many different parts to a car it is often hard to know what could be wrong or what you should be checking on a regular basis. Keeping a schedule of preventive maintenance is a good way to know when and what to check. Below is a guideline on how often parts should be checked or changed.
Oil Change: most car enthusiasts will tell you a lack of an oil change is the number one reason a car will die out. Oil is responsible for many functions of the car primarily the engine. Oil changes are typically recommended about 3000 miles but be sure to check more often like once a week or twice a week.
Wipers, Tires and Brakes: all of these things should be checked year round however they especially need to be checked during the winter months. Wipers tend to get dull making it hard to remove snow from the window making it dangerous to drive. Tires must also be checked to ensure they are filled correctly so you have better traction while driving. Brakes also need to be thoroughly checked at this time because roads tend to become more slippery and dangerous.
Belts, Hoses, & Lights: all of these things need to be checked and fixed on a regular basis. Perhaps take some time once or twice a month to notice if any hoses or belts are loose. Also be sure to check occasionally that all headlights, brakelights and interior lights are still in working order.
Changing Fluids and Check Ignition Components: both of these tasks should be done occasionally to ensure the vehicle is working properly. Refer to your cars manual to see how to check your components and spend time every week or two checking that all fluids are clean and filled up.
Being sure to check all of these factors is the best way to keep you car both safe and efficient. If properly taken care cars can last many years to even decades with the right maintenance. Instead of waiting for a problem to occur that can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars simple maintenance on your car can catch these little problems before they turn into a big problem.