So you’ve just purchased a used car. You’re probably itching to take it on its first road trip or to show it to your friends and family.
But before you do, you’ll want to follow these important tips below.
1. Get Car Insurance – This is one of the first things that you’ll want to do. Call your insurance company to let them know of the purchase. If you’ve sold your old vehicle, you’ll want to tell them about it. Be smart and shop around for the best rates. This is the best time to do it. There are plenty of online resources to help you purchase auto insurance.
2. Take It To The Mechanic – If you didn’t have your vehicle inspected prior to purchasing it you should take it to a mechanic for any complete safety and systems inspections. It’s always better to have a mechanic inspect before you purchase it to avoid finding problems after the purchase.
3. Throw Away Any Old Paperwork – If you’ve gotten rid of your old vehicle, be sure to properly throw away old service records and bills. Be sure to shed any paperwork with important/confidential information on it. This will help you avoid identity theft and other headaches down the road.
4. Keep It Clean – In addition to insuring the mechanical and safety systems are in good condition, it’s always a good idea to keep your vehicle looking good as well. Making sure that the paint is clean and has a fresh coat of wax on it will keep your vehicle looking good longer. Remember that household cleaners are not meant for cars. Be sure to use shampoos and polishes specifically designed for cars.
It is important to follow these four tips after you purchase a used car. Be sure to keep track of oil changes and other repairs and maintenance services.