Used Car Maintenance Checklist

Used Car Maintenance Checklist

A used car already has some general wear to it, given that another person has previously driven it around. Once you purchase a used car, you will want to stay up-to-date on all necessary maintenance. You might not be able to know how well the previous owner took care of your used car, but the good news is that you’re now in control of how frequently any service is scheduled.

With this used car maintenance checklist, drivers in Milford, Manchester, or Middletown, Connecticut, can ensure that they’ve covered all of the important components. When it’s time to schedule any of your used car maintenance needs, contact us at Key Cars! 

Car Oil Change

Tire Rotation

Used Car Maintenance Basics

You’re going to want to own the corresponding manual for your used vehicle so that you can see exactly what the manufacturer recommends. Many vehicles have a specific maintenance schedule that will provide the clearest guidance on what needs to be done after you’ve driven a certain number of miles.

Once you’ve obtained that information, you’ll then want to begin planning and inspecting the maintenance needs outlined in the following sections to see if they’re needed or will be needed soon.

Oil Level and Life

Your car wouldn’t be running today if not for the oil. That’s why it’s important to make sure it’s fresh and working as it should. When you purchase your used car, you’ll want to observe the current mileage and how it matches the maintenance schedule. If it seems like it’s time for an oil change, make sure to schedule an appointment.

Fluid Levels

While your oil level is essential, the other fluids running within your vehicle are just as important. As you inspect your used vehicle, ensure that such items as the transmission, brake, and power steering fluids, as well as the coolant, are fresh and have been filled.

Engine Air and Cabin Air Filters

Filters can be found both in your engine and within the cabin of your vehicle. These filters work to catch dust and debris to keep their designated spaces clean. You will want to inspect both filters to determine if they need to be replaced.


Your tires are yet another essential element of your vehicle. You will want to regularly check on them to ensure they’re properly inflated—including the spare that’s been in your trunk. Scheduling a tire rotation or wheel alignment can also help with further maintaining them.

Light Bulbs

You want all the lights on your car to be working properly so that you can navigate at night, signal that you’re braking, and back up safely. Take some time to start your vehicle and make sure items like the headlights and high beams are working. Call a friend or neighbor over if you suspect a taillight is out so that you can press on the brakes and have them observe if the light is on or off.

Belts and Hoses

The belts and hoses within your vehicle have undergone wear and tear as the vehicle has been used. Service technicians can inspect these items and replace them as needed.

Schedule Used Car Maintenance Today!

This used car maintenance checklist covers many vehicle aspects that need attention. If your used vehicle in Milford, Manchester, or Middletown, CT, requires any of these maintenance needs, you can schedule service online at one of our dealerships or you can contact us directly at Key Cars for additional help!

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