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First-Time Car Owners Maintenance Tips

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

Congratulations! After months of budgeting and saving, you just bought your first car. Now, all you need to focus on is maintenance.

Keeping up with car basics is essential for first-time car owners to keep your car on the road for as long as possible.

Here’s what you should keep in mind:

Tire Pressure

Don’t get stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire! Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of the most important maintenance tasks. Ideally, you’d check your tire pressure once a month and before any long road trips. The best thing to do is keep a tire gauge in the car so you can do a quick check yourself. By checking your tire pressure regularly, you can find problems in your tires before they blowout in the middle of the road.

 Oil Change

Make sure you change your oil regularly. When your engine is not well lubricated by new oil, it can produce friction and heat, which can cause permanent damage to your car’s engine. How often you have to change your oil depends on the model and year of your car. Some models need oil changes every 3,000 miles while others can go 10,000 before they need one. You also have to keep in mind what kind of oil to use. If you have an older car with high mileage, it’s recommended you use the high mileage oil to keep your car running smoothly.

Car Battery

Your car’s battery will start to decline in performance after an average of four years. If you’re wondering about the state of your battery, a good indicator of the state of your battery is how quickly the engine turns over. If the battery seems labored when you start your car, the battery may be nearing the end of its life. To check the voltage of your battery, you can get a digital multimeter and inspect the battery once the car is turned off and the engine is cool. Another sign of decline is corrosion. The white, chalky substance forming around the battery means it’s time to get a new battery.

Coolant System

The coolant prevents your engine from overheating. Monitoring the coolant is crucial if you want your car to last for years. To check the coolant, check your owner’s manual and look under the hood when the engine is turned off and cool. The coolant reserve is usually a white or clear container. Try not to get this container mixed up with the wiper fluid container. If the coolant is near the “full” line, you’re good to go!

Getting your first car can be liberating and exciting! By following the tips above, you’ll make the most out of your first car and hopefully drive it for many years to come.

Looking for a reliable and affordable used car? Stop by Drive Casa! Our wide inventory suits every taste and budget.

3 Things You Need To Do Before A Summer Roadtrip

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

While carpooling and public transit to and from work and school makes sense, but when it comes to the Summer road trips, the American automobile is the only way to go. Many memories have been made as families loaded into the car for a long drive to the coast, the lake, or to visit family in a distant state. Road trips have been bringing families together for generations, even the less fun ones with the tired cars make for good stories. Remember the trip that the car overheated, we had a flat tire or worse of all the A/C stopped working?

Before you load up the car, here are 3 summer roadtrip car maintenance tips to keep in mind.

#1 Make sure your car is well-maintained.

Maintenance and repairs while on a road trip are costly and inconvenient. Before you hit the road get your oil changed, filters changed, and have all the levels checked. Driving is likely a significant saving over airfare, so why not invest some of that savings to make sure your ride is up to the task?

#2 Don’t wait to update your tires.

If you suspect you may need tires in a couple of months, and you are trying to get that last 1/32 of an inch out of your old rubber, put new tires on before hitting the road. Hot Texas roads can take their toll on fully loaded vehicles, pushing marginal tires to failure.

#3 Test out your new updates at home first.

When doing maintenance, give yourself a week of driving the vehicle in town. You want to make sure that any problem inadvertently created in the shop manifests while at home, and not between your home and El Paso.

 

If you’re ready for some time with family and looking for a way to express your American freedom this July, come see us here at Drive Casa and let us put you into a car that will be key to a memorable Summer road trip.

5 Big Reasons You Should Change Your Oil Regularly

Thursday, February 15th, 2018
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Have you ever wondered why you should change your oil regularly? If you’ve ever been reprimanded by your mechanic for waiting too long for an oil change, you know this is an essential part of basic car maintenance you can’t afford to forget.

Waiting too long to change the oil in your car can result in irreparable damage that you can easily avoid. Car experts, mechanics, and long-time car owners will tell you that oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle.

 

You should change your oil regularly to ensure your vehicle runs smoothly and keeps it out of the shop. If you are a first-time car owner, don’t look away! Below you’ll find out why regular oil changes are so important.

Engine Performance

There’s nothing quite like fresh oil to reach peak engine performance. Engines have a variety of parts that move at high speeds. These moving parts tend to cause friction, which produces heat. If you change your oil regularly your car will have proper lubrication that reduces the amount of heat produced by the engine. Oil changes also get rid of dirt and debris, which makes your engine run slower. If your engine heats up because of old oil, it will wear down and eventually stop working properly.

Reduce Harmful Emissions

Are you a fan of the environment? It’s easy being “green” when you keep up with your oil changes. Having lapses in oil changes can lead to dirty, old oil, which produces noxious engine emissions. If you change your oil regularly, it will make your car more environmentally friendly since fresh oil won’t burn like old oil. Add oil changes to your calendar and do your part to keep our skies clean.

Gas Mileage

Regular oil changes are good for your engine – and your wallet! Better gas mileage is one of the least-known benefits of regular oil changes. Besides purchasing a hybrid or an electric car, oil changes are an easy way to save on gas. Friction caused by old oil can slow down your engine, making your visits to the pump more frequent. If your engine stays lubricated, your car will be able to go farther than you think!

Extended Engine Life

Wouldn’t we all love to have a car that lasts for years without failure? To achieve this goal, it’s important to know that purchasing a high-quality car, like the ones we offer in our lot, is only half of the effort to make the most out your vehicle.  A debris-free engine, made possible by regular oil changes, can make a difference in the life of your car. Who knows? That family car may last through more generations than you think.

Catch Up On Other Maintenance

Oil changes present a great opportunity to keep your car running without issues. When taking your car in for an oil change, feel free to ask the mechanic to take a quick look at the overall health of your engine. While under the hood, they may find something that needs to be replaced or fixed. This will allow you to avoid expensive repairs and further damage to your car.

Bonus Tip

There are multiple kinds of car oils out there. If you have a luxury car, you may need a different kind of oil from someone who owns an high-mileage mode. Before an oil change, don’t forget to ask what is the best oil for your car based on mileage and model. This can give your car an extra boost and increase the engine’s performance.

 

Oil is essential to keep your car running without any problems. Most mechanics or car service providers will place a sticker on your windshield indicating when you should return for a new oil change. To avoid any old oil accumulating in your engine, all you need to do is make sure you take your car in on time!

 

Drive Casa wants your new car run like a dream and for you not to worry about an extra expense. That’s why we offer free oil changes when you purchase one of our amazing vehicles. Take advantage of this offer and keep your new car out of the shop!