Keeping Your Car in Tip Top Shape

New car owners have a lot of responsibility when it comes to taking care of their recent purchase. If it’s their first car, they may not be fully aware of just how much effort is needed to maintain a car. If you’ve recently purchased your first car, here are just a few of the things you’ll need to keep your car in top shape:

Don’t let it overheat.

Drivers who regularly make long treks run the risk of an overheated car. Luckily, there’s a gauge that shows how hot the engine is. If you notice that your engine is approaching a high temperature, find a safe place to park and wait for it to cool.

One thing that can be causing the car to overheat is a lack of coolant. Make sure your car has enough coolant before you head out for the day. It’s also a good idea to always keep the coolant in the trunk of your car in case of emergencies.

Get regular oil changes.

Look up the recommended mileage for your car, and when you approach that number, head on over to a car shop and have your oil changed. If you’re more interested in doing it yourself, there’s a ton of online resources that’ll teach you how to perform an oil change.

Purchasing the oil yourself and changing your own oil can save you a lot of money. Just make sure you’re fully confident in your abilities so you don’t damage your car.

Wash your car.

Regularly washing the exterior of your car can help keep it looking brand-new. You can go through a car wash or just buy the proper soap and do it at home. Cars are big purchases, so don’t let your car become dingy!

Clean the inside of your car.

It’s incredibly easy to let the inside of your car become inhabitable. Food wrappers, mail, clothes, and a variety of other stuff can quickly pile up. Once a week, take a few minutes to throw away the trash and clutter inside your car.

In addition, wipe down the surfaces- you’ll be shocked at the stuff that can build up over time! Vacuum the seats and floorboards, and occasionally hose down your mats if you’re looking to deep clean your car. If you notice the trash becoming an issue, invest in a small trash can that can fit in the car. And, of course, don’t forget the air freshener.

Schedule regular maintenance.

There’s a lot you can do for your car, but you still need to go get it checked by professionals every once in a while. They can pinpoint specific issues and advise you on how best to solve them.

Know what to do in the case of an accident. If you’re injured or your car is damaged after a collision with another car, Portner Bond, PLLC advises that you get in touch with a lawyer immediately. You don’t want to be saddled with bills so soon after purchasing a car, so see what compensation you’re entitled to.

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