Whether you’re the proud owner of a shiny Ford or you’re currently browsing and thinking about buying one, you’re going to need to know how to maintain it correctly. It’s usually just a matter of using your common sense and looking after the car carefully.
There are some specific things you should be doing though. And if you’re not a car fanatic, you might neglect them. Luckily, we’re here to help. Here are 6 easy and vital tips for maintaining your used Ford.
Buy Your Used Ford Carefully
When you’re browsing used car lots, you can often be overwhelmed by the choice in front of you. You need to choose your car carefully though. That means looking at the car critically and making sure it’s up to scratch before you buy it. To get a good feel for the condition of the car, you’ll need to take it for a test drive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, you need to know as much as possible if you’re going to get the right Ford for you.
Store it Carefully
How and where you store your car is vital. Ideally, you won’t leave it out on the street or under a tree. If your street is tight, passing cars might scrape against it or hit your wing mirror, and you don’t want to have to deal with that. The best place to store a car is in a garage but if you don’t have one, park it on your drive and think about buying a cover for it.
Be Alert to Changes and Problems
With used Fords, it’s vital to get problems seen to quickly. If you do notice something changing in the way the car drives, get it seen to by a mechanic as soon as possible. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to driving a used car. Small problems can quickly become big ones if you ignore them.
Pay Attention to Your Tyres
They’re what makes contact with the road, so it’s no surprise that your tyres will take a lot of damage over time. If you buy a used Ford and see that the tyres are in bad condition, I’d recommend changing them immediately. You might want to change the tyres depending on the season to get the right grip. And don’t forget about your tyre pressure!
Change the Oil and Oil Filter
Changing the oil is worthless unless you also change the oil filter. Never do one without the other. This is a job that needs to be regularly done so don’t forget about it. You could damage your engine if you don’t. If you have a car that’s low to the ground like a Mustang, you’ll need to raise the car with a jack to get to the oil.
Keep it Clean
It’s a simple tip, but an important one. Keep your car clean at all times. It’ll improve the way it looks and the condition it’s in. Don’t let it get in bad shape. I’d wash, polish and wax it a couple of times a month.
Keeping your used Ford in good condition doesn’t have to be hard work. If you love the car, most of this stuff will be actually quite enjoyable!