6 things used car buyers should do immediately after bringing it home

08/10/2018 Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
Don't be too excited to bring it down the road after getting your dream car just yet. Check out these 6 things to do immediately because they are urgent.

Now that you have the car of your life, the next thing you should think of besides buying a car insurance is to take proper maintenance to fix the imperfections caused by its previous owner(s). A car looking flawless to an untrained eye might have many underlying problems. In this article, we share 6 things that need immediate actions after you drive it home.

1. Change the engine oil

To examine the engine oil, you could simply pull out the dipstick and pay attention to the color. If the color is yellow and a little brownish, the oil quality is still fine and you don't have to change it. If it turns a bit blackish or any color other than yellow-brown, you should change it right away.

Knowing when you should change the engine oil is important because it directly affects the life of the engine. Also, consider changing the oil filter since this could wear out pretty easily. Besides, it's relatively cheap compared to other parts of the car.

Somone pouring engine oil into the engine

Make sure to check the engine oil the moment you're handed over the car

2. Change the brake fluid

When the oil is contaminated with water, its vaporizing threshold will decrease and water will be turned to vapor. While vapor can still be compressed, it doesn't transfer the force from the brake pad to the wheels brakes. Secondly, when the heat resistance of the fluid declines, the brake would overheat more easily and that could be fatal for you. Luckily, you don't have to change the brake fluid that frequently, only after every 2 to 3 years to avoid water-contaminated brake fluid.

3. Change the gearbox oil

According to car maintenance experts, when you check the gearbox, if you see there are bubbles forming inside, it seemingly is the sign of oil overflow, while the burning smell when you take a quick sniff indicates that it is, or has been overheating and were not taken care of regularly. 

Video: 4x4 DIY: How To Do A Gearbox Oil Change

4. Check the coolant

The overheating engine will cause adverse effects on the engine and consequently on the whole car. After buying a used vehicle, you should rinse the tank thoroughly, and in the process, change the pipes that you suspect were damaged or broken. You should do this again every 3 years.

someone pouring coolant into the car

Though it doesn't require to be replaced after several years, the coolant should be checked too

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5. Check the battery

After buying a used vehicle, you should look for the manufacturer date on the battery. If the previous owner has used it for more than 4 years, you should consider changing the battery. Trust me, you don't want your perfectly good car, with a full tank of gas, dies in the middle of nowhere simply because you want don't want to spare some thousand Nairas on a new battery. You can check our previous post for signs of a dead car battery.

6. Check the tires

After buying old vehicles, check if its tires are already worn. Check for the tire tread depth and also its elasticity. If the threads are hard to see and the tires have lost almost all of its elasticity, they've been used for more than 5 years. Also, check if tires on 4 wheels are of the same age or else its wheel cause your car to veer off course on the road.

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