5 ways to maintain your car the auto connection

Knowing how to care for your used car is more than just knowing how to change the oil or when to rotate your tires (though these are important things to know!). Read on for more ways to maximize the life of your used car.

Buy smart

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — here at The Auto Connection we treat you like family. Before any used car makes it to our lot, it’s evaluated against a strict list of criteria because we want to ensure that our customers are driving a safe, quality car that we would drive ourselves. And once we’re satisfied with the evaluation, we recondition and clean each car before putting it on the lot for sale.

DIY routine maintenance 

To preserve your used car, it may be worth handling some of the easier maintenance jobs yourself. Some of the simpler DIY jobs include tire pressure maintenance, checking your oil, changing your air filter, replacing windshield wipers and checking your brakes and headlights. 

Know when to seek professional help if you need it 

If an issue arises that you don’t know how to fix, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals. Thankfully, Auto Connection has a service center at each location. And if you need a ride, we’ll pick you up! 

Follow the maintenance schedule suggested in your owner’s manual

Your owner’s manual will tell you everything you need to know to extend the life of your quality used car, including recommended scheduled maintenance, what type of fluids work best with your car, what those indication lights on your dashboard mean, when to replace the transmission fluid and more. Be sure to check your manual often.

Keep things clean 

A clean car is more than just a good look — it can extend the life of your car, too. Grit and grime can get into moving parts of your engine, leading to accelerated wear and tear. Seasonal weather can be especially hard on your car — winter road salt is especially corrosive and in the summer, extra pollen, direct sunlight and bird droppings can wreak havoc on the exterior. And remember to keep the inside of your car clean, too. Protective sprays and windshield sun shades can help maintain your car. 

Are you in the market for a reliable used vehicle? As a premier buy here, pay here dealership in Hampton Roads, The Auto Connection helps people in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Eastern Shore, Smithfield, Chesapeake and Newport News, VA get the financing they need to drive away in a quality used car, truck, SUV or van. Find out how easy it is to get a quality pre-owned vehicle of your own with buy here, pay here financing from The Auto Connection. 

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Stop by The Auto Connection today and find your teenager driver a perfect used car. Our Virginia locations include Danville, Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond. Get the approval process started from home with our easy online application.