Used Car Maintenance Checklist

If you're ready to find that next car, you may be considering buying a pre-owned vehicle. It may have a lower price than a brand-new car, or it may just be an Ithaca, Trumansburg, or Watkins Glen vehicle you've had your eye on for quite some time.

It's important to ensure any used car is properly taken care of. There are some tasks that can be performed to keep your car running smoothly in Syracuse and Baldwinsville. Visit us today to see the full pre-owned inventory, or shop the inventory online.

Monthly Used Car Maintenance

It should become a habit to check the oil each month. Remove the oil dipstick, wipe it off with a paper towel or soft cloth, and then put it back in. Check it once more to see if the oil level on the dipstick is within the proper safe zone. If it is, and the oil is amber in color, everything should be fine. If the level appears to be low, add some oil and check again, until the dipstick registers the oil as full.

Checking tire pressure every month is always a good idea, too. Recommended tire pressure can be found in the door jamb on the driver's side, or even in your owner's manual if you have it on hand. Keep a tire pressure gauge in your glove box or trunk, and be sure to check the pressure each month. With proper tire pressure, your car will receive the best possible fuel economy.

Quarterly and Bi-Annual Maintenance

Clean oil is important to the success of your car. Fresh oil and a clean oil filter will protect the engine, and therefore the vehicle itself. While it may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, in general, an oil change should be performed every 5,000 miles or every six months. We'll let you know what the best course of action is and explain any manufacturer recommendations.

Fluid levels should also be checked periodically in your car. This includes windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and transmission fluid. Our service professionals will handle this service for you. If you want to do it from home, checking every three or four months is a good idea.

Yearly Vehicle Repairs

We'll go to work with the yearly maintenance checklist in tow, which includes inspection of:

  • Windshield wiper blades
  • Brakes
  • Spare tire
  • Exhaust system
  • Headlights
  • Shock absorbers

We'll be sure to check all these items to ensure they're functioning properly, and also perform a tire rotation. Tires should be rotated with an oil change for even wear as time goes on.

Visit Our Service Center Today

Need maintenance for the used car or truck you've purchased from Maguire Dealerships? Visit our service center near Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Watkins Glen, and we'll handle the rest.

It takes just a few moments to schedule your next Syracuse and Baldwinsville service, and that can be done right on our website. Of course, if you'd prefer to give us a call, reach out to us today.

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Maguire Family of Dealerships

370 Elmira Road
Directions 647 West Genesee Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

  • Sales: (607) 257-1515
  • Service: (607) 257-1515

Hours

  • Monday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday Closed
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