Maintenance That Helps You Get The Most Out Of Your Used Car

Drive Auto is well-known in Madison for our huge selection of quality used cars, trucks, and SUVs. We know how important it is to bring a vehicle in for regular maintenance, thereby increasing longevity, performance, and safety. Here are some maintenance tips accrued during our many years in business.


Regular oil changes are essential for cars of any age, but especially used cars since their engines have already logged some wear and tear. We recommend changing your oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles, depending on the kind of oil your car uses.


At least once a year (and perhaps more, depending on where you live), you should have your car’s cooling system flushed and replaced with new coolant. A 50/50 combo of coolant and distilled water helps the car’s cooling system fight off corrosion and destroys gunk deposits that tend to build up and cause problems if left untreated.

Other Fluids

Though they don’t need to be replaced as frequently as coolant, make sure your service professional keeps an eye on some of your car’s other vital fluid, i.e. the power steering fluid and transmission fluid. These substances help their respective parts operate smoothly, and keeping them fresh will make a big difference in your car’s performance.

Car Wash

Any car dealership will tell you that regular car washes benefit not just your vehicle’s appearance, but also keep it free of salt, dirt, dust, and road grime that accumulates around the wheel wells and under the chassis. Rust is one of the biggest “used car killers”, but consistent car washes will keep it at bay. Also, it doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile and ask your service person to apply a nice coat of wax to your car every six months. A quality waxing helps prevent rust and minimizes weather damage.

Brake Fluid

Unlike some other automotive fluids, brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means it’s very good at attracting moisture. Unfortunately, moisture and car components aren’t a good fit, since moist components are more liable to corrode and fail. This is certainly true of your brake system’s key components (sensors, shoes, and calipers), and that’s why you should have your service professional to bleed the brake system and replace the brake fluid at least once a year.


The older a car gets, the more lubrication every moving part requires in order to not just thrive, but also survive. Engine oil is the best example of lubrication’s importance, since the engine is composed of countless moving parts that create friction. But along with the engine, all of your car’s ball joints and driveline components need regular lubrication to ensure quality performance.


Just as salt, grime, and gunk can negatively impact a car’s body, engine, and other internal systems, so too can sunlight compromise your car’s cabin materials. In addition to having the upholstery conditioned as needed, our Madison used car dealer recommends parking in the shade whenever possible, using a window deflector (especially on hot days), and applying a UV protectant to keep the plastic and vinyl from drying out.

Contact Us With Maintenance Questions

If you have questions about automotive maintenance or would like a referral to a local service center, contact our used car dealership today. We’ll make sure you get the answers you need and the maintenance your car requires.