When you purchase a vehicle from a used truck dealer, it is wise to periodically bring it in for service appointments. Not all used car dealers have service departments, but if yours does, be sure to take advantage. There are several things you need to have checked regularly to ensure your car or truck is always in great shape.
Check Brakes and Brake Pads
When you take your vehicle to your used trucks dealer for a service appointment, one of the first things they will do is check your brakes and brake pads for any wear and tear. If they're in bad shape, a replacement may be necessary. If you don't drive a lot, or if you are more cautious with how often you use the brakes, you may find that the brakes and pads won't have to be changed very often. However, if you notice that you are having trouble stopping your vehicle, or if you hear noise when you apply pressure to the brake pedal, you need to bring it in right away.
Another common item on the checklist at your appointment is having the oil changed. While it used to be common to change the oil every 3,000 miles, the quality of today's motor oil allows you to go longer between changes, especially if you don't drive erratically. Many service technicians will recommend you have the oil changed every 7,500 miles.
Having your tires checked is another thing that will happen at your appointment. Having your tires inspected by a professional is very important. They know what to look for and can often tell you when you are at risk of a blown tire or other problems. When they rotate the tires, they often move the front tires to the back and the back to the front. They also move the right tires to the left and vice versa. This allows the tires to have better traction and keeps them from wearing out too fast.