Buying a new car is an exhilarating experience. The fresh new smell of the interior, unspoiled tires, a clean silvery engine bay, what’s there not to like? Add to that the fact that you have the power to choose the color and the trim of the vehicle among other things. A choice that you usually don’t get when buying used cars. However, all that part is easy as a lot has to be considered after making your purchase.
Therefore, if you have just recently bought a new car, or if you are deciding to go for a new one; here is a list of things you should do after you have bought a new car.
1. Legal Documents
Before departing from the dealership with your brand-new vehicle, you have to make sure you receive all the relevant documents from the dealership. These documents may include the payment receipt, tax receipt and the delivery receipt. If you have financed your car through a bank loan then you should also check for all bank/loan related documents. The file you get after making the purchase usually has all of these important papers. Why is all this so necessary? Since these official papers show you as the owner of the car.
Getting insurance for your vehicle is necessary. Firstly, it is required by the government, so if you drive your car without filing for insurance, you’ll be in big trouble with the police. Secondly, insurance is for your own good, since it protects you and your vehicle in the event of an accident. Furthermore, if the accident involves your vehicle and another person’s vehicle, the insurance company will likely (not all insurance companies allow this) cover for the expenses. Choose your insurance company wisely. Compare premiums, check the company’s history against claims and go with the best one.
Without registration, by law you are not allowed to drive your vehicle. Thankfully, buying a new car through a dealer has its perks. The dealership can allot you a temporary registration that expires after 30 days. So, you have about a month to proceed getting your official registration plate for your city/state. To do that, you can visit your Regional Transport Office and get done with the process. Once you get your registration, keep it safe, as you can only prove ownership of your vehicle through the registration papers. If you lose them, you need to pay a fine in order to get it reissued.
Now that you have bought your vehicle and finished with all the legal requirements, it is time to focus on the car and its well-being. A new car feels great, looks great and smells great. Therefore, it would be unfortunate if something would happen to it that would reduce any of the aforementioned feelings. When you buy a new car, it has a fresh paintjob and polish that eventually starts fading away due to constant exposure from the sun. In order to protect the exterior paint, you should get a protective coating on your paint. This is known as glass coating which not only protects your car’s paint from the sun’s exposure but also from scratches and in some cases water. As a result, your car keeps looking as good as new even after 2-3 years. However, keep in mind that glass coating does not last forever. You need to renew it after every 3-5 years depending on the quality of glass coating used.
5. Inspection Certificate
Since your car is new, you won’t be needing this immediately (your dealership provides you the initial pollution and inspection certificate, but after about 6 months you need to get your car re-checked for any changes in its emission standard. An unfit car driving on the road can be fined by the police, so you need to keep this on check twice every year.
6. Check Fluids
It is common sense that in order to prolong the life of a new car you need to regularly check all the fluids of your car. These fluids include the engine oil, brake oil, gear oil and radiator water level among others. All oils have a life, after which they start to become greasy and destroy the insides of your car, especially the engine. Just like you would avoid eating unhealthy foods to protect your heart; the engine, which is the heart of the car requires the same treatment. Regularly change your oils, especially after the first 1000 miles and then after every 3000 miles to avoid shortening your engine life.
7. Drive Safe
Your car is new just like a new born baby. Therefore, you need to take things slow, meaning you should drive slowly, avoid potholes and awkward bumps and especially pushing the engine to its limit. These steps will ensure you give your car a long future.