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What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Escondido

Posted June 26, 2022 9:30 AM

So you've bought a used vehicle in the Escondido area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the Escondido area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both.

Used vehicles in CA with 25,000 to 35,000 miles/40,000 to 55,000 km on them are often lease returns, corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most Escondido buyers feel pretty confident about these because they're newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?

Escondido drivers who are planning to own a vehicle for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid repairs down the road. But, if you know you're only going to have the vehicle for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would be easy to think that skipping an oil change here and there wouldn't ruin a brand new engine. Then it'll be someone else's problem when it comes time to pay for the damage.

It is very tempting for Escondido drivers to skip the 30,000 mile/50,000 km service if they know they'll be turning in their leased vehicle in a couple of months.

If the vehicle didn't come with maintenance records, Escondido used vehicle buyers need to assume the worst. Most likely the coolant system and transmission have never been serviced. The cabin air filter has probably not been changed and a fuel system cleaning at Alternative Automotive may be in order.

You'll want Alternative Automotive to check the A/C, battery, engine air filter, serpentine belt and hoses. A used vehicle inspection at Alternative Automotive is well worth the cost.

And if your “new” used vehicle has been driven an even longer distance, an inspection is even more important. Check your owner's manual or talk with your service advisor at Alternative Automotive about what should have been done. Please don't forget the timing belt; that can be very expensive if it fails.

Alternative Automotive will help you with a plan to take care of services and get the rest caught up. If your budget won't allow you to take care of everything right away, we can help you prioritize your needs and get it taken care of over the next several months. And remember to keep your maintenance records. They'll help you get top dollar on the CA used vehicle market when it's time for you to sell.

Alternative Automotive
137 S Vinewood St
Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 480-0851
http://www.alternativeautoescondido.net



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First experience with Alternative Automotive was a great one. My car broke down and Daniel and the team had me in and out in no time and back on the road. They were very professional and honest to work with. I will definitely be back next time I need service for my autos.
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Jeff is an amazing service advisor ready to help you get your car serviced and any needed repairs done quickly and reliably.
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Daniel and George are great! Friendly, knowledgeable, and fair!
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Best automotive shop in north county. Highly recommended.
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, 02/22/2022

Alternative Automotive provided great customer service and Daniel was outstanding in professionalism and knowledge! I have already recommended some of my friends to take their vehicles to them! We will be taking all of ours there for service for sure. Great experience and fair prices!
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, 02/06/2022

Crazy noise and then smell burning rubber, never good. Got it towed to Alternative Automotive and they diagnosed, fixed and got it back to me for less than I expected! I trust them.
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