After buying a previously owned car you are probably excited by your purchase and of the new promises that lie ahead with road trips abound. But before you hit the streets of Northern Virginia, make sure you are confident in your purchase so you can be confident with your travels.
Once the purchase is legal, you should have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic. Even though you know it is running — assuming you drove it away from the previous owner or sales lot — but you need to know what to expect as the wheels carry you down the road.
Ask your mechanic to check these systems:
Brakes: The mechanic should perform a thorough check of your braking system and all components. The brake pads and rotors are a natural place to start, but also ask them to check the brake lines and fluid levels as well.
Heating and Cooling System: The heating and cooling system is vital for more than just your comfort inside the cabin, it is an essential part of the engine. Make sure all fluids are adequately available and the overall system is working properly.
Tires: When the rubber meets the road the rubber must be in good shape. Ask the technician to check the tires for remaining life and if necessary, replace the tires. Regular tire rotation and air pressure checks are the best ways to ensure the tires will last as long as possible.
Windshield Wipers: Important for the safety of all passengers in the vehicle – not to mention the other drivers on the road – the windshield wipers are essential for safe travels. A quick visual inspection will let you know immediately whether you need to replace the wiper blades.
Oil Change: This doe not require a check by the technician, but rather thins should be done as soon as you purchase the vehicle. Even though the previous owner may tell you the oil has been changed, this inexpensive maintenance can ensure your new-to-you vehicle is ready for the road.
For more tips and information on how to keep your previously owned vehicle on the road and in good shape, stop in and see our technicians today.