When to do maintenance
Maintenance will vary depending on the vehicle you purchase. Your vehicle’s Owner’s Manual should explain how often your car needs service.
Oil changes: Depending on your vehicle, you may need to change the vehicle’s oil between 5,000-7,500 miles.
Windshield wipers: Many automotive specialists suggest changing windshield wipers every six months.
Rotate tires: Rotating tires is a good way to maximize the life of the tires and delay purchasing expensive replacements. How often you should rotate your tires depends on the vehicle, the tires, and your driving habits. However, a good rule of thumb is about every 10,000 miles.
Air filter: Many vehicles have recommendations on when you should replace your air filter. Just know that a clean air filter will help your vehicle’s engine performance, which may maximize fuel economy. Some automotive specialists suggest changing air filters every 10,000-20,000 miles.
Brake pads: How you drive and the roads you’re driving on will influence how often you should change your brake pads. It’s not easy to tell by mileage alone. Automotive specialists rely on visual inspections to determine when to replace brake pads.
Wax vehicle: To protect your vehicle’s paint job, wax the vehicle at least once a year, perhaps more often if you park outside and in direct sunlight.