Chicago Chevrolet : So You Finally Purchased That New Chevy...
You hoped, wished, and fantasized about that new Chevrolet for months and months. You paved a way to make your dream a reality...What's next?
First off, this is one big investment. Owning a new (or used) car may be second in financial priority to buying a home. It can cost thousands of your hard earned dollars. You need to protect it. Some people may say, "I'm a very good driver". Never mind that, you need to beware of other dangerous drivers that could hit you. Keep your new Chevy protected by making sure you have insurance to cover damages if you are at fault in an accident, or if someone else is at fault.
Every new Chevrolet comes with an owner's manual, and most used ones should. You need to know the basics of what's contained within the pages of this booklet. It wasn't printed for its good looks. This is the most surefire way to know that the maintainance of your car is being kept up. Many answers to the questions car owners ask mechanics can usually be found there in the glove box. If you know the basics, you can save yourself a lot of money, time, and headaches. Meeting the simple needs of your vehicle's coolant, oil, and fuel requirements can spare you of the more sophisticated problems down the road.
Practice driving your car while it's parked. I know this sounds crazy, but you need to familiarize yourself with your Chevrolet's basic features. This includes the blinkers, hazards, fuses, defrosters, etc. You may think it's common sense, but plenty of people feel around for these items while their actually in traffic, causing serious and sometimes fatal accidents.
Do you know where the spare tire and jack of your new Chevrolet is located? Usually underneath the vehicle or in the trunk, under the carpet. We never plan or expect to have a flat tire, but I can assure you the best time to figure out where the jack is, and how it works is never on a busy freeway. Be conscious of where these items are so that you can keep you and your vehicle out of harm's way.
Ever notice that car owner's cars often look sort of like them? If you're a teenaged girl, your car might look cute and sweet. If you are an older man, your car may look sophisticated and smooth. Your car is a part of you. It should also be as unique as you are. This is obviously not something that is mandatory, but it does seperate you and your Chevrolet from the rest of the pack. Don't get caught like I have on days when I've walked out the mall and tried getting into another person's car, just because it looked so similar to mine! Make yours original and unique.
The bottom line: After you buy your new or used Chevrolet, know the basics about your car in order to get the most satisfying driving experience out of it, avoid unnecessary headaches, and definately have fun with your new Chevy...