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How to maintain your used vehicle

In today’s environment, many used car owners want to keep their vehicles running as long as possible to get the maximum return from their investments. 

The main reason for maintaining your used vehicles in Calgary is to dramatically reduce the risk of experiencing mechanical or running problems. You also want to maximize fuel efficiency, reduce depreciation, and ensure overall road safety. At the end of the day, all these factors will save you money in the long run. So let’s see how you can achieve this!

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Regular Oil Changes

Regular oil changes are essential to maintain the engine’s health and ensure the vehicle’s longevity. Depending on your driving habits, you should change the oil at least every 15,000km or every 12 months. 

Tire Pressure Checkups

Every vehicle has a manufacturer’s maintenance book with recommendations on the correct tire pressure. Maintaining the correct tire pressure will ensure maximum fuel efficiency and overall safety on the road. An incorrect tire pressure can have long-term detrimental effects on the vehicle’s chassis and negatively affect the vehicle's road handling.

Protect the Exterior and Interior

Not protecting both the outside and the inside of the vehicle from environmental factors can significantly reduce the resale value. Canadian seasons have extremes that can considerably damage vehicles over time. Always do your best to park your car in a sheltered area to avoid UV ray damage to the dashboard, the paint, and the leather seats. 

Keep it Clean

It’s highly recommended that you rustproof your pre-owned cars in Calgary, especially if you live near the ocean where humidity can be rampant. Regularly rinse the underbody to remove the accumulation of salt, dirt, and other debris. Also, rinse off the vehicle before washing it to remove loose dust particles and debris. Dust particles and residue can damage the exterior and create scrapes that can be pricey to repair. 

Check the Fluids

Think of the vehicle's engine fluids as the blood supply. Liquids such as transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and windshield wiper fluid should be checked and maintained regularly. 

Test the Lights

You should test your vehicle’s lights regularly to ensure optimum visibility while driving. You don’t want to find out too late that the lights aren’t working correctly. 

Keep the Air Filter Clean

The air filter protects your vehicle’s engine from dirt and debris. A clogged air filter can damage your vehicle significantly and lead to loss of power, dirty smoke, and even engine failure. Regularly checking and changing the air filter is suggested to avoid unnecessary headaches.

Watch the Wipers

Your windshield wipers can become brittle in harsh sunlight or under icy conditions. You should check them regularly to ensure they will work while driving during severe rain or snow.

Do Regular Checkups

You must complete these regular checkups when you purchase a vehicle from a used car dealership. Your wallet will be glad you did, and it’ll ensure your safety on the road while getting the most out of your investment. It’s best to complete regular checkups on a seasonal basis to ensure you're ready for the harsh Canadian seasonal changes and extreme weather conditions.