• Purchasing a new Car is overwhelming and a major investment. The possibility of maintaining that new-car-scent and gleaming paint color is definitely worth the effort. To preserve the appearance and operation of a new vehicle, it is important to take extra special care of the car. Not only will it continue to look and run like new, it can also save the owner money in the long run, increasing the resale value of the vehicle.
Break In Period
• The "Break-In Period" is typically the first 1,000 miles of a new vehicle's life. During this time, there are certain guidelines to keep the car in tip-top shape. First, it is necessary to follow the manufacturer's recommended maximum speed, usually less than 55 mph. Also, avoid pulling heavy loads, such as trailers or loaded luggage racks. Avoid idling for long periods of time as fuel residue can build up on cylinder walls, causing damage to the engine, as well as increased fuel consumption.
• To ensure that the vehicle continues to looks its absolute best, do your car wash every week. Dirt and other air particles will accumulate on the surface, which may cause scratching or staining of the paint. A fitted car cover should be used if washing every week is not likely When washing the exterior of the car, also wipe down the interior as well. Also, to maintain that shiny outer glow, wax once a month. For leather seats, clean and condition once a month. Failing to condition the leather on a regular basis can result in premature cracking.
• Checking oil levels regularly assures that the engine is getting an ample amount of oil. Too little or too much oil can result in trouble. Another thing needs to be checked often is coolant, which prevents the engine fluid from freezing in cold weather and cools the engine in warmer temperatures. Follow the owner's manual and use the recommended octane level of gasoline.."