Four Things Every First-Time Car Owner Should Know

Four Things Every First-Time Car Owner Should Know

Buying a new car can involve some costly maintenance mistakes if you don’t do your homework. In this article, we’ll discuss four maintenance tips every new car owner should know:

1) Using “premium” gas won’t make your car run better.

Many new drivers experience the pull toward premium, simply because it sounds like the better alternative. While some high-performance vehicles recommend premium, using premium gasoline in an engine that recommends regular doesn’t provide any significant boost in acceleration or fuel economy. Most people are better off saving a few dollars and sticking to using regular and saving a few dollars in the process.

2) Driving on empty can damage your engine

Gas acts as a coolant for the fuel pump motor- the part that moves fuel from the gas tank to the engine. If you’re constantly low or running on fumes, especially during the hot summer months, the pump’s motor can overheat. Replacing a fried fuel pump costs a whole lot more than a tank of gas, so it’s best to fill up.

3) Recalls need to be taken seriously

When you’re shopping for a new car, you’re probably more concerned with affordability, performance vs fuel economy, aesthetic- but failing to properly research the model’s history can be a huge mistake. It’s important to research recalls and defects, to avoid bigger problems down the line. Once you’ve made a purchase, be on the lookout for news and recall announcements about your vehicle and take them seriously if they arise.

4) Your Owner’s Manual Is Meant to Be Read

No one expects you to read the entire thing, but it’s helpful to have a few pages flagged. You should take note of the recommendations for maintenance, fuel type, as well as mileage milestones for routine service such as tire rotations and fluid changes. It’s not super fun, but it will save you a ton a Google searches.

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Written by Nicole Palange