If you’ve recently bought your first car or if you’re still on the hunt for one, continue reading for some tips for first-time car owners. 

Advice for First-Time Car Owners

Don’t Underestimate the Value of an Owners Manual

There are few situations more stressful than being stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire, no cell reception, and no idea where your spare tire is located. That’s why it’s so important to familiarize yourself with the contents of your owners manual and to store it in an easy-to-access location in case you find yourself in a crisis situation. 

Take a few minutes to glance through the contents so you’ll know where to find the necessary information if the need should arise. If you have misplaced your owners manual or would like to refer to a virtual copy instead, you can access your owners manual online

Find a Local Mechanic You Can Trust

Finding a local mechanic that you trust to give you honest work at a fair price will be your saving grace as a new car owner. Your mechanic will not only help you keep your car running at peak performance, they will also help alert you to potential repairs or maintenance tasks you should take care of down the road. 

As soon as you buy your first car, schedule an inspection to ensure everything is in working order and to decide if this is a mechanic you’d like to work with again in the future. 

Create a Maintenance Schedule and Stick to It

Regularly maintaining your car will serve as a preventative measure against future malfunctions or damages. By taking simple steps such as rotating the tires, swapping out the brake pads, and checking or replacing fluids, you could add years to the life of your car. 

The recommended maintenance schedule for each make and model is unique. You can find the recommended maintenance schedule for your car on the manufacturer’s website, in your owners manual, or with the help of your mechanic. 

Find Your First Car in Goldsboro, NC

If you’re still searching for the perfect first car, come to Matthews Motors Goldsboro. We have a wide variety of used cars for sale in Goldsboro, NC. Contact us or drop by our dealership to schedule a test drive today.