Owning an automobile is not only about convenience and ease in moving from point A to B, but it also requires a lot of effort from your side. A car cannot produce its best performance if it is not excellently maintained. You will notice that the engine life and performance begins to decline if you do not take good care of it. If your car gives you 100% performance, it is only right and appropriate that you take care of some things that will ensure it is in proper condition. The most vital thing is to make sure that you find a mechanic on hand that you can rely on and one that has your trust. A mechanic you can count on to issue you with a fair and honest estimate if you need to fix something in your car. Below are some of the basic car maintenance tips to consider:
Regular oil changes
Make sure you have routine and regular oil changes. This is important because newer vehicles have engine oil change intervals of each five to seven thousand miles. You should pay keen attention to the level between these changes. The checking frequency depends on your traveling and driving habits. If you do extended commutes and freeway driving, you should conduct very frequent checks. Newer cars consume less oil while older vehicles need more frequent oil changes.
Check the engine oil level
This is a vital step, and it should be conducted every month. Once you have your car on a leveled surface, make use of the dipstick to see how much oil is remaining in the engine. The oil measuring dipstick has a low and full lever mark. So long as the oil level is a little lower than the full level, then there is no reason to be worried.
Check the battery
Ensure that the battery is in working condition and that there is no existence of frayed belts or wires. If you detect anything that is not right, make sure that you notify your mechanic immediately. This is a preventative type of car maintenance because it involves making sure that a small fault that could be fixed does not turn into a big issue in the long run.
Check the tires
It is important to check the pressure in your tires and ensure that they contain the required amount of pressure. The recommended PSI (pound per square inch) pressure is indicated on the tire, or you can locate it on the side of the vehicle. While checking the tires ensure that you also look at their wear. Ensure that your tires are not bald. Bald tires are something to worry about because they are hazardous.…
When it comes to purchasing used cars, some individuals opt to buy classic cars. These vehicles are mostly above 25 years old, and they need some special care when it comes to their maintenance. Dealerships that sell classic cars are not many, but the few that do sell them usually keep them in the perfect running condition. Most prospective buyers of classic cars have a certain classic car in mind. However, if you have no idea about what you want, you should not worry because there is a broad variety of classic cars available in the market for you. Most people who buy classic cars often purchase them without seeing them because they acquire them from halfway across the state or from another country. The money outlay for classic cars is good, but the warranties are minimal. Therefore you need to follow some basic purchasing tips as mentioned below:
The best option to consider is to join a classic car club before purchasing a classic car. This will provide you access to various
classic car enthusiasts who can suggest the best dealer for you. If you come across a classic car you like and you need to know the person who is selling it, you should ask for references or previous customers who can provide you with information about their purchase experience. You will also have to search the dealer’s name in the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, and the local police department to ensure that the individual or the company has not engaged in any fraudulent dealings. You can also Google the company or retailer’s name.
Meet in person
It is important to ensure that you meet in person with the company or dealer that is selling you the vehicle. Most classic car dealers, vendors or enthusiasts mostly travel a lot to attend car shows, meets or other events associated with classic cars. Make it a point to know when the person will be in your area and request to meet up.
Ask plenty of questions
Ask questions about the pricing, condition, age, condition and quality of the classic car you want to buy. Request for a lot of pictures of the car and inquire about warranties and guarantees. Any seller knows that selling a car is a significant achievement. Therefore, he/she will be happy to answer your questions.
Always ensure that you find a safe way to pay. If you make your payment through a credit card, the credit card company can dismiss payment if the car is not delivered as per your agreement. You can also pay out some minimal amount for an escrow service, which will guarantee the safety of your money until you are certain that you have not been ripped off.…