College Car Basics

College Car Basics

Having a car on campus gives you freedom in college. It makes it easy to get home from those late night study sessions and doesn’t limit you to the food on campus. However, taking your car to college means taking care of it. Bartow Ford, your Lakeland area Ford dealership, can help you keep your car in tip-top shape.

Know Your Maintenance Schedule
It’s college — the last thing you want to add to your budget is a new car. With regular tune-ups and basic maintenance, you can extend your car’s life. Make sure you follow a basic maintenance schedule:

Every Three Months or 5,000 Miles

  • Brake fluid check
  • Lug bolt inspection
  • Oil change
  • Power steering fluid check

Every Six Months or 10,000 Miles

  • Battery check
  • Brake inspection
  • Oil change
  • Power steering fluid check
  • Spark plug wire check
  • Tire depth check

Every 15,000 Miles

  • Brake inspection
  • Fuel pressure regulator inspection
  • Spark plug wire check
  • Timing belt inspection
  • Tire depth check

Know What to Keep on Hand
Your car should always have a roadside emergency kit. A basic kit should include:

  • Blanket
  • Bottled water
  • Carjack
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Non-perishable food
  • Phone charger
  • Screwdriver
  • Spare tire
  • Tire pressure gauge

Depending on where you’re heading off to college, your kit might also need to include a snow brush and an ice scraper.

Know Your Campus
Being familiar with your campus can help prevent circling around the parking lot hunting for the only available spot. At the start of the semester, check to see where the free parking spots are, and make sure you have whatever parking pass or permit you need; you don’t want all your money to go to unnecessary parking tickets!

When your car is well-maintained, you can rely on it throughout college. Take it to Bartow Ford, your Lakeland area Ford dealership, whenever you’re home on break! We can help make sure that your car is in great shape. Schedule an appointment by calling (800) 303-4016. Short on time? With our night owl services, we’re sure to have an appointment that fits your schedule.


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