When you buy a new vehicle, it is usually an exciting experience. Most people can’t wait to hit the road and start enjoying their new wheels. Before you jump in and hit the gas, there are some things you should familiarize yourself with about your car, truck, or SUV. We are going to review a few basic things that everyone should know about their vehicle.
Things That Everyone Should Know About Their Vehicle
- Year, Make, Model, and VIN: This may seem like a no-brainer, but there are a lot of people who don’t know this information and confusing any of this information, could lead to costly mistakes. Fluids, parts, and the accessories to repair and maintain your car, truck, or SUV are all based on the car’s year, make, and model, so it’s critical to know the exact information. The car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a specific automobile. The VIN serves as the car’s fingerprint and no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. Your VIN can also be used to identify specific parts needed for your exact vehicle.
- Maintenance Schedule and Recommendations: Your owner’s manual should provide you with guidance as to how frequently you should have things like your tires rotated, oil changed, etc. Every vehicle has its own maintenance schedule that should be followed to maintain optimal performance and extend the lifespan of your car, truck, or SUV. The owner’s manual will also tell you what type of oil, fuel, size of tires, fluids, and other things should be used on your vehicle.
- Check Engine Light: The check engine light, also known as the malfunction indicator lamp, is a signal from the car’s engine computer that something is wrong with the vehicle. Check engine lights vary by vehicle some have different colors or flash to indicate different levels of an issue, or specific problems. Your owner’s manual will tell you what your dashboard lights mean. You should be familiar with your check engine light so you know when there is a serious problem.
- Tire Specifics: When it comes to driving your new vehicle, you can’t do so without adequate tires. It is important to know what tires are recommended for your vehicle, what tire pressure you should maintain, and also where your spare tire is. When it comes to your spare tire, you should not only know where it is, you should ensure that it is also in good condition and there is a jack with it, in case you ever run into a problem.
When you buy a new vehicle, the last thing you are likely thinking about is the exact mileage you need to have your next oil change; however, becoming familiar with these basic things that everyone should know about their vehicle, can keep your car, truck, or SUV on the road longer.
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