Tips From Your Kansas City Car Dealership: How To Extend the Life of Your Used Car

July 25th, 2022 by

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Take These Measures To Get the Most Use Out of Your Ride

Once you make the decision to buy a used car from our Kansas City car dealership, Zeck Ford, you can be confident you are getting a quality vehicle at the best price for you.

Of course, we totally understand that there is anxiety with purchasing a used car. You’re always on alert, waiting for that first major problem. The good news is that many issues are easily prevented with the right maintenance and care.

While Zeck Ford wants you to be confident in the used cars you buy from us, we still want to make sure you know it’s important to be proactive in taking care of your vehicle. Follow these tips to make sure you get the maximum possible life out of yours.

Check Your Oil

Engine oil levels should be checked at least once a month. If the levels start to drop, and you are needing top-ups frequently, bring your vehicle back to our Ford dealership in Kansas City to have it examined as soon as possible.

You should also make a habit of checking for other signals that oil is leaking, like dark puddles under the car, burning smells, or sizzling. If you notice any of these things, bring your car back to us at Zeck for service. You can even schedule an appointment with us online.

Monitor Tire Pressure

Tires are essential to the overall good performance of a new or used car. When your tires are inflated to correct levels, you are able to get more fuel efficiency and life out of the tires, putting money back in your pocket.

Additionally, poorly-inflated tires negatively affect handling and grip on the road, which could lead to a collision. A blown tire can be fatal at high speeds as well, so it is imperative to keep tires inflated correctly and checked over for any damage or signs of wear.

Keep Your Car Clean

Some people think that because cars are more rust resistant now, they don’t need to wash their car. The truth is, it’s still recommended to wash your used car regularly to get rid of any dirt or other residue from the road that may have built up.

You don’t want that stuff hanging out in your undercarriage or fender wells. Although you can’t always see the dirt, the buildup is there. Wash it to make sure no unnecessary wear is caused to those unseen parts.

Keeping the windshield and windows clean should also be a priority. Accidents are caused everyday by obstructed views of drivers. Use your windshield wiper fluid, or the cleaning wands at your favorite gas station.

Bring Your Used Car to Our Kansas City Car Dealership for Regular Service

All cars should be serviced on-time and on a regular basis, especially used cars and those with high mileage.

When you bring your car to our Ford dealership near you, we’ll get all the maintenance and service tasks taken care of for you. You should know all the things that should be inspected and serviced as well; make sure to ask for an update on each of these parts/systems when you bring your car in:

  • Oil and oil filter
  • Belts and hoses
  • Engine air filter
  • Cabin filter (if applicable; some newer Ford vehicles do not require these)
  • Transmission
  • Windshield wipers and wiper fluid
  • Fuel filter
  • Power steering
  • Antifreeze or coolant
  • Battery
  • Spark plugs
  • Brakes

Set up a service appointment with our Kansas City car dealership online so we can help you maximize the life of your used car.

Time for an Upgrade?

If you’re looking for a new or used car, get started by shopping our inventory online. We also encourage you to come visit us and see what the Zecksperience is all about. We have personal shoppers instead of salespeople who will help you get the best new or used car at the lowest possible price. You don’t even have to haggle!

All of our cars are given a 120-point inspection that checks for mechanical, electrical, and body malfunctions – that’s part of our commitment to selling you a safe vehicle you’ll be happy to own.

Reach out to us or stop by Zeck Ford, at 4501 S. 4th St., in Leavenworth, KS. We’re always waiting to help you with your car-buying journey.

We’re Also A Kansas City Ford Service Center

We’re good at more than just selling cars. We’ve won awards for fixing them as well. Our full-service maintenance shop takes pride in repairing your vehicle, regardless of its make or model. What really makes us stand apart is the highly skilled, passionate team – the best one you’ll find at a Kansas City car dealership.

Get on our schedule online, or call (844) 645-5448 to make an appointment.

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