Buying a new car can be one of the most exciting things that happen in your life. It’s also one of the most expensive. But, it’s not all about ogling over your shiny new vehicle on the lot. It would be best if you did essential checks before setting off with your car all gassed up and ready for adventure. If you’re a first-time car owner, then you’re probably curious about what to do and which items to check after purchasing your vehicle. You need to check several things before hitting the road with your new ride.
1. Check the Oil Level and Type
Most cars have an oil level indicator on the dash, but you should check it before driving off the lot. Checking the oil will make sure that you know whether it’s time to change your oil or not. You can look up the right type of oil for your car in a general car manual or on the Internet. This will ensure that you know how to change the oil when it needs to be changed and how much oil to use.
2. Check the Tire Pressure and Tread
Ensure that your tires are properly inflated before you drive off the lot. If possible, check a couple of other tires because they might be low. Checking the tread is also important because tires with worn-out treads can make driving hazardous. Some new cars come with a set of tires designed for the test drive, and some dealerships will change them for a better set before you drive away. If your tires aren’t too worn down or if your car only has one set of tires, then it’s best to check it before heading out.
3. Check the Brake Fluid Level
It’s best that you check the brake fluid to ensure that you have enough before driving off the lot. The brake fluid level indicator is usually attached right to the master cylinder of each wheel. If the master cylinder is hidden, look for a small door on it or underneath it to check for any leaks or low levels of brake fluid. Also, check the fluid level in each of the four-wheel discs to ensure they are all filled. Lastly, check your parking brake as there might be a leak or a problem that you don’t know about.
4. Check the Battery
Your car’s battery is essential for your car’s operation and safety. Don’t take it for granted when you’re buying your new vehicle because many people forget about checking its’ level before driving away. If you’re buying a used car, you will want to check the battery to make sure that it’s not dead because it could mean that your new ride will be off the road soon. If possible, get an expert at testing batteries to check them out.
Car ownership is a big responsibility and it also requires you to take care of your newly-purchased car. With these tips, you will be able to keep your vehicle in good condition and use it for as long as possible.