The Value of Tune-Up for Your Aging Vehicle

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A tune-up focuses on keeping the engine running at the best level possible. For example, replacing spark plugs includes new spark plug wires to ensure the vehicle ignites gasoline in the combustion chamber properly. A new fuel filter helps keep contaminants out of the engine. Replacing belts and hoses keeps connected parts running in tune with one another for optimum performance. A new air filter improves engine efficiency, while proper fluid levels prevent wear and overheating in the engine.

 

 

A vehicle’s tune-up includes preventive maintenance, performance analysis and adjustment. Regular tune-ups are prescribed in a vehicle’s manual, usually when the spark plugs need to be replaced. The normal interval is 30,000 miles, or every two to three years. Otherwise, a tune-up may happen whenever a driveability problem occurs.

 

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Problems solved with a complete tune-up include hard starting, stalling, hesitation, misfiring, bad fuel economy and lack of power. Many cars with onboard computer systems obviate some traditional adjustments because the computer can alter the vehicle’s engine performance.

 

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Pre Purchase Inspection of Used Vehicles

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Buying a used car is a great way to save money. However, before you make a used car purchase, it is important to know that the vehicle is safe and is not in need of major and costly repairs. By getting a used car inspection you can have a much stronger sense of the shape of your potential used car.

What a Used Car Inspection Should Cover

A thorough check-up examines mechanical, safety, and appearance aspects, such as the vehicle’s:

  • Tires.
  • Frame.
  • Suspension.
  • Glass.
  • Lights.
  • Brakes.
  • Radiator.
  • Hoses.
  • Belts.
  • Fluids.
  • Battery.
  • Body condition.
  • Exterior surface.

 

The best inspections include a road test and a computerized engine analysis. Some comprehensive examinations also evaluate the condition of the instrument controls, pedals, seats, and sound system.

 

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 Get a Vehicle History Report

Vehicle inspection reports are inexpensive and contain a wealth of information about the used car you’re considering. The most important information you’ll find in any report is

  • Registration records – Know if the used vehicle was imported from out of state (or country). Most importantly, find out immediately if the car is stolen. (Obviously unlikely, but important to know!)
  • Vehicle title / branding (major accidents) – Know whether the car has been in a major accident. At the very least, you should take this into account when considering the purchase price. Also be aware that even if the car has been fully repaired, there may be lingering effects down the road, and its eventual resale value will be impacted as well. Inspection is even more critical in this case!
  • Liens – How would you like to have your new car repossessed to cover the previous owner’s bad debts? If that doesn’t sound like fun, all the more reason to get a history report on the used car you’re considering.
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