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Maintaining Your Buick Car Value

radiator fluidToday it is time to talk about more ways to maintain value in your new Buick cars in Thunder Bay.  Much of how to do this involves what NOT to do more than it does what to do.  Eating and drinking in your car invariably leads to spills and stains. This is a sure way to depreciate the value of your Buick cars in Thunder Bay. Stains on the upholstery is a major turn off for buyers and coffee and ketchup stains are almost impossible for even professionals to remove as it turns out. Food smells can also seep into the fabric and drippings from ice cream, popsicles and fast food crumbs can combine to make the interior of an automobile look rough and hurt its resale value in the end when it’s time to turn the car in for another or sell your Buick car in Thunder Bay outright.   It would be wise to avoid these things if you want your vehicle to retain as much value as possible.

We are talking about maintaining the value of your new Buick car for as long as you can and how gently, or not, you drive it can weigh in significantly.  “Jack-rabbit starts, harsh acceleration, sudden jerky stops, reckless cornering and other types of rough driving make the parts of an automobile deteriorate faster.” If you consider the addition of sloppy, careless parking you recognize that your new Buick cars in Thunder Bay ON will soon have dents, scrapes, scratches, chipped paint and tire damage and be in less than ideal condition. If you want your car’s resale value to remain as high as possible, you should avoid this type of careless driving whenever possible.

Probably most important of all, so last, but not at all least, is the effort that goes into keeping track of the maintenance schedule your Thunder Bay Buick cars.  “Following your Buick’s recommended maintenance schedule is an essential step in helping to maintain its value. Even cars that are in great condition have a much lower value if they haven’t received regularly scheduled tune-ups. Automobile manufacturers provide recommended maintenance schedules so routine service will be performed on the vehicle at specific mileage intervals and keep it in optimal condition. Being able to prove to potential buyers you’ve followed the proper maintenance schedule makes your car worth more.”

Buick Car Fluids

wiper fluidWinter months can present many challenges for your vehicle, regardless of what it is you drive.  We are coming upon that time of year as fall will be wrapping up before we know it.  On behalf of your Buick car dealer and service in Thunder Bay, we wanted to pass along some sound advice on your to get your Buick cars ready for the colder season ahead, because, while modern vehicles are designed to handle inclement weather conditions, there are some basic steps every driver should take as the days get shorter and the temperature drops in order to ensure theirs and their car’s safety and longevity.

It would be wise to begin by replacing or refilling all of your Thunder Bay Buick car’s fluids.  “Whether you take your car in for regular maintenance or you’re a do-it-yourself home mechanic, the best way to winterize your car is to start by checking your fluid levels.”  It is extremely important to have the proper ratio of antifreeze to water mixture in order to prevent fluid from freezing up in your Buick Car radiator.  The owner’s manual will have the proper info for the mixture you will want to attain.

Oil is another vital fluid that we want to mention on behalf of your Buick Car Service in Thunder Bay ON.  “Some mechanics recommend switching to a thinner oil if you live where temperatures drop below freezing. Your best bet is to consult your owner’s manual or talk to your mechanic.”  Wiper fluid has obvious importance in the winter months in your new or used Buick car in Thunder Bay.  It is often times overlooked and can be very inconvenient as well as dangerous if you are stuck out without it in a snowstorm!

 

Buick Car Oil Change Needs

oil changeIn our world of new and used car topic searches, we wish to find interesting areas of information to pass along to you.  Everyone deals in oil changes, unless you own and operate an electric car.  Since most of us have gasoline or diesel engines that require oil changes, such as the Buick cars in Thunder Bay ON, we figured this would be an important topic to share.  Did you know that most modern vehicles only need an oil change around every 7,500 to 10,000 miles? If you’ve been changing your oil every 3,000 miles, you’ve essentially been wasting both oil and money. You can find out how often your vehicle needs an oil change in your owner’s manual, which will always be more accurate than a window sticker, however, most are going longer between changes than ever before.

Depending upon your Thunder Bay Buick car make, model and year, the frequency with which you pursue oil changes may vary.  Just don’t assume it’s supposed to occur every 3,000 miles.  As our research on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick car sales in Canada suggests, “The 3,000 mile oil change rule is generally promoted by the quick change oil industry. Businesses that change oil make more money from customers who come in more often. Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles instead of every 7,500 means you’re paying twice as much as you need to. That’s a good amount of money you can keep in your pocket over the lifetime of your vehicle.”

There are obviously many different manufacturers in the auto industry, each of them with a slight variation from the next, and even within their own lineup, intervals for oil changes can and do change.  “While most vehicles list 7,500 to 10,000 as the designated oil change mileage, there are exceptions to the rule. Hyundai and Kia models with turbocharged engines and Toyotas that use non-synthetic oil require an oil change every 5,000 miles to run at peak efficiency. On the other side of the spectrum, luxury brand Jaguar lists a routine oil change at every 15,000 miles.”  Your Thunder Bay Buick Car Dealer in Canada promises to keep you abreast any model service needs.