Here’s the script for the “New Car Owner Tips” video above:
With everything out of the way and you’re in your car, if this is your first car, there are some important points for you to understand about being a new car owner.
You can’t just get into a car and drive it forever. There are some steps you’ll need to take.
The most important part of becoming a new car owner is maintenance.
Every car has a manual either in the glove box or available online that will layout the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. If it’s so old that you can’t get the manual, then call a service advisor from a franchised dealer of that make, and they will tell you where your service milestones are and what is recommended at those points.
These are most critical to have performed while you have a warranty in place.
As an example, if you forget to ever change your oil from when you bought it, which is normally 5,000 miles or less…but you drive it 15,000 miles and the engine dies, the manufacturer won’t pay for it even though it’s still within the warranty period, because you failed to perform on your end of the bargain.
Warranties are only valid if you perform the maintenance detailed in the schedule and can prove it. Fortunately, if you go to most franchise dealers, they will report the service directly to the manufacturer, so you won’t necessarily keep receipts, but if you do it yourself or bring it to a third-party garage for service, make sure you keep proof with your manual in case any problems ever come up.
There’s a lot more to talk about being a new car owner, and you’ll find useful tips in our Blog section on this site.
My final point on ownership is to make sure you’re putting the right fuel into your car.
At many gas stations, there is gasoline and diesel available from the same pump. What differentiates diesel is that it almost always has a green pump.
Putting the wrong fuel into your tank will almost certainly void your warranty and will cost several hundred to thousands of dollars to fix. Though both fuel types are originally processed from crude oil, they have very different properties and will stop your engine dead as a door-nail if going into the wrong one.
You’ll want to make sure you understand exactly which fuel you need before pulling up to the pump for the first time…and even then, it’s more common then you might think for people to make a mistake.
Maintain your vehicle with regular service and always make sure to use the right fuel. Follow our blog for more news, tips, and tricks, and we’ll keep you educated, confident, and happy through your journeys down the road.