5 car care tips for first-time car buyers

July 3rd, 2019 by

CONGRATULATIONS on buying your first car! It’s a big investment, so being able to park your own vehicle in your driveway is a huge achievement. However, now that you’ve signed the dotted line it’s time to think about how you’re going to care for your new ride. Routine car care is essential to keep your vehicle performing at its peak and also to help keep its resale value high, so if you decide to sell it down the road you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Unsure where to begin? Toyota of Clermont is here with 5 car care tips for first-time car buyers, straight from our expert auto service techs.

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Take care of your first car with these Toyota of Clermont tips

#1: Get your vehicle on a car care schedule right away. 

Don’t let car care slip to the wayside – get your ride on a schedule right away. It’s essential to stay on a routine when it comes to basic car maintenance like oil changes, tire rotations, brake service, inspections, etc. Luckily for you, our Toyota of Clermont techs can get you on a car maintenance schedule right away and then send you helpful reminders when you’re due for your next appointment so you never have to worry.

#2: Know how to handle car care emergencies before you hit the road. 

Do you know how to handle car care emergencies that might crop up? You should be able to deal efficiently with flat tires, overheated cars, and dead batteries, as well as know what to do after a car accident. Knowing how to handle these situations will save you time, stress, and money.

#3: Get familiar with your owner’s manual. 

You should always have your owner’s manual nearby for reference – preferably in your glove box – but you should also familiarize yourself with it before you hit the road. This important manual can give you information about your car’s recommended maintenance schedule, as well as the meanings of different warning lights. It’ll also give you the basics, like which gasoline is best for your car and which oil you should use for oil changes.

#4: Also get your car on a detailing schedule. 

It’s important to get routine Clermont auto service for your car, but detailing it is another essential part of car care. You should make sure to vacuum, wipe down, and protect your car’s interior (consider getting window tint or at least a sunshade) on a regular basis, as well as thoroughly wash the exterior and apply a coat of protective wax. This will defend your ride against rust, mold, and mildew as well as keep it looking like-new for higher resale value.

#5: Do not ignore warning lights or odd smells/noises 

It’s really, really tempting to pretend like you don’t see that warning light in the dash or turn up the volume on the radio so you don’t have to hear that weird sound. Don’t give into it! Putting off a repair will almost always lead to a more expensive, serious, and time-consuming repair down the road. Nip the problem in the bud by bringing your ride to our Clermont car care specialists right away.

Get on a car care schedule today

Ready to get your ride on a routine car care schedule? Call us today – we’re open seven days a week at (352) 404-7001.

 

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