You are the proud owner of a new car for the first time and you want to take care of it so that it serves you well for years to come – what should you know about the basics of an oil change? If you read your car manual you will see that it recommends what kind of lubricant you should use and how often you should have a lube change but is this enough? Here is what you should know before you go in for an oil change:
- Find out the basics about your car. You should start by reading your manual – as mentioned, it will tell you about what kind of lubricant the manufacturer recommends as well as how often you should change it. If you want to learn even more you can look into blogs of people who own similar cars. See what seasoned car owners have to say.
- Don’t just choose the fist mechanic that you come across. Your dealer may have recommended one, but this doesn’t mean that they are the best for the job – often dealers will recommend mechanics because they have a deal. If you get a mechanic by recommendation you should talk to him and find out whether he is an expert in his field. It is a good idea to talk to two or three mechanics and get their opinions before you get your car serviced for the first time.
- Many new car owners choose bigger mechanic outfits because they believe that they are more experienced. This is not always the case – in many cases smaller outfits tend to do much better, especially those that have been around for a long time If, for example, there is a small family-run garage in your neighborhood you may find that you get better service from them than from a big chain.
- Find out exactly who will be servicing your car. In some of the bigger outfits apprentices learn by servicing client’s cars and they can make silly mistakes. When you take your car in for an oil change you should ask to the person who will be doing the work so that if things go wrong you know who is responsible.
- Mechanics know a new car owner when they see one, and they can charge you more than they should for basic maintenance and car service. It is a good idea to do some comparison shopping – find out how much 2 or 3 mechanics will charge and what you will be getting in exchange.
- Find out whether you will be getting a warranty for maintenance – it means that you are covered, and the mechanic will do his best to make sure that your car runs properly after it is serviced.
Lastly, make sure that your mechanic gets his oil from a reliable lubricant vendor. They should have all the top quality lubes and they should be available in case you have any questions.