5 Basic Things Every Car Owner Should Know

5 Basic Things Every Car Owner Should Know

You don’t need an advanced education in automotive mechanics to know the basic things about your car. In fact, having a clear understanding about the fundamentals of vehicle mechanics is enough to help you protect your investment, keep it out of the shop, and reduce maintenance costs. 

To help you feel more confident, we’ve listed below the five basic things that every car owner needs to know:

⁠#1 VIN Number

The car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a SPECIFIC automobile. It serves as the car’s fingerprint, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. It is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car’s unique features, specifications and manufacturer. It can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.

Where to find my VIN?

1. Under the hood near the engine

2. Driver’s door

3. On the windshield in a specially designated place

4. Under the floor near the passenger seat or driver

#2 License Plate

A vehicle registration plate is also known as a number or license plate, is a metal or plastic plate attached to a vehicle for official identification purposes. It can be found whether at the back or front of your car.  The registration identifier is a numeric or alphanumeric ID that uniquely identifies the vehicle or vehicle owner within the issuing region’s vehicle register.

#3 ⁠Year, Make and Model

As a car owner, it’s very important that you should know your car’s manufacturing date, the make of the car, and the specific model. This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who do not know this information. Fluids, parts, and the accessories to repair and maintain your car are all based on these pieces of information, so it should never be forgotten.

#4 ⁠Tire Pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for many reasons not only keeping your vehicle in good shape but also keeping everyone safe on the road. Improperly inflated tires will also cost you money and impact a car’s performance. Your gas mileage could suffer, for example, causing you to pay more at the fuel pump.

#5 ⁠Oils

Using the wrong oil can result in costly engine damage. So, how would you know you pick the right one for your vehicle?

1. Conventional

Is a lubricant that is derived directly from crude oil. It has excellent properties that allow it to provide lubrication at high temperatures, as well as maintaining its stability over long periods of time. Older model vehicles are designed to use conventional oil. This is the least expensive type of oil.

2. Synthetic-blend 

Is a mix of conventional motor oils and synthetic base stocks. Because of the added synthetic base stock, you’re going to get more performance and protection than you would by using a conventional oil alone.

3. Full-synthetic

Begin with base oil. However, extensive refining processes remove more impurities than with conventional oil. This is ideal for vehicles that demand ultimate levels of protection. This is the most expensive type of oil.

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