6 Essential Car Maintenance Tips

When you buy a vehicle – regardless of whether it is new or used – one of your foremost goals should be to keep it running and looking as good as the day you bought it. With the right care and maintenance, quality vehicles will be able to serve you for many years to come, providing you with much more value out of your purchase.

Below, we’ll look at six essential car maintenance tips designed to keep your vehicle in peak condition long after the day you drive it off the lot.

1) Check and Replace Your Air Filter

A clean air filter will improve the performance of your car. To check if your air filter needs to be replaced, take it out and hold it up to a strong light. If the light is unable to pass through the filter, it’s time for it to be replaced.

2) Keep Your Tires in Great Shape

According to safercar.gov, more than 11,000 tow-away accidents are caused, at least in-part, by issues with the vehicle’s tires. Keep your tires in optimum shape by checking the pressure in them regularly, rotating them every 6,000-8,000 miles, and aligning them each time you rotate them.

3) Change Your Oil and Other Fluids

Changing your oil as often as recommended in your owner’s manual is essential for maintaining the condition of your car. In addition to changing your oil, though, you will also want to check other fluids such as power steering fluids, brake fluids, automatic transmission fluids, and your wiper fluids, and replace them as needed.

4) Replace Your Windshield Wipers

If you notice your windshield wipers making a loud screeching sound or notice that they are not adequately clearing the rain off of your windshield then it is time for them to be replaced. Replacing your windshield wipers is a quick and affordable fix that could prevent a dangerous accident.

5) Give Your Engine an Inspection

You don’t have to be a trained mechanic to give your engine a once-over and address any obvious issues. Simple things such as making sure the battery cables are corrosion free and securely connected and making sure that your radiator is clean of any excess debris can improve the longevity of your vehicle and help prevent breakdowns.

6) Take Your Car for Regular Checkups

One of the best ways by far to ensure that your car remains in peak condition is to take it to the shop from time to time for a check-up. Professional mechanics will be able to spot issues that you may not notice and address them before they become a major problem.


Properly maintaining your vehicle doesn’t have to be difficult, and doing so can greatly improve the performance and life-cycle of your car. Of course, the first step in having a car that will last for years is to buy a high-quality vehicle in the first place.

At Cars 911 – the premier used car dealership in Los Angeles – we offer a wide range of high quality used vehicles as well as industry-leading finance options designed to get you behind the wheel of a great vehicle regardless of your financial situation. Best of all, we will work with you to teach you everything you need to know about caring for and maintaining your car to ensure that you are able to enjoy it for many years and many miles.