When purchasing a second-hand vehicle, you will never know with absolute certainty that the car has been taken care of the way you would like, even if you did your due diligence when inspecting it pre-purchase. The best way to get your new-to-you ride to feel like it is yours is to give it a good old clean bill of health with these few post-purchase steps.
- It doesn’t matter if the previous owner said they had the oil changed a month ago. Your best bet is to personally take it in for an oil change, even if only for your own peace of mind.
- Unless the tyres are immaculate and brand new, we would suggest purchasing a brand-new set. This is something you will need to invest in at some point anyway, so why not do it now to have your ride feeling like new from the get-go? While they are at it, the mechanic should also inspect the alignment and make any adjustments required.
- Take a road trip to get better acquainted with your new ride! Small trips are not the best for your car’s engine (the engine and other parts technically require time to warm up in order to last the optimal length of time before repair), so taking it out for a long drive will do it some good. Plus, driving long distances should allow you to notice any additional faults you did not notice before.