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I can't disagree with mikes's answer, but I'd like to suggest an even stronger view: assuming that this is a car you'd like to keep for a while, treat it as if no service has ever been done. The age and mileage will then dictate what you need to check out. Find a list of regular car maintenance items (in your repair manual if you have one, or online), and go ...


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The first thing I recommend is to not get a state required inspection sticker (if needed) from the seller. Many dealers will include it in the price or have a station that they use. You want an independent check of the emission status and safety. I always do an oil and filter change. Even if the oil looks clean, you have no idea if it is the right type, ...


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The short answer is: maybe. Most shops will offer some sort of inspection service, recommending items of concern or things that should be fixed right now. This is usually a for-pay diagnostic process. Depending on the shop, they may have a fixed price that covers the diagnostics and some low-cost maintenance items. For example, if you don't know when the ...


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In contrary to Nick C I would actually recommend Citroëns. But I agree that those with hydropneumatique suspension are probably not the easiest ones. But Citroën also built way simpler cars: The 2CV for example. In many things the 2CV and most of its derivatives (Dyane, Mehari, Ami 6, Ami 8, etc.: Citroën's A models) are as easy as a car can be — and fun to ...


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I will tell you with 100% certainty that Toyota can and will, typically happily! pull any and all service records of any work performed on your used vehicle that was performed at a Toyota dealership. If you are asking the potential seller(dealership) to give you the service records then you have received the standard sales answer for every dealership in ...


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The guidelines are "which ever comes first." So in your case, you'd need to do it at 6-months, not at 7,500 miles. Yes, if you do not follow these instructions, you do run the chance of voiding your warranty, but that really depends on the manufacturer and what they will allow. Some are a little easier than others, but they give you a maintanence schedule ...


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I'm not positive how the Jaguar system runs, but would assume the service light comes on when the time period has elapsed, and is then reset by the technician. If you take it in for service and have the maintenance done on it, the technician should reset it and the light should not come on for another year from that point. Ask your tech to reset the computer ...


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Yes - go for a full service - a car with an unknown history should be serviced to a: gain a little insight into the state of the engine and car and b: give you (the new owner) a bit of reassurance that the car wont break due to a small issue and that it will function as it should. Some garages do provide inspection services but I would suggest that given ...


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The Lojack is what is called the "aftermarket" in the automotive sales world. This is just one way a dealership will try to rip you off when purchasing a new (or used, for that matter) vehicle. When I say "rip you off," I'm not saying that the product doesn't work as advertised, as I'm sure it does. What I'm saying is, they mark up the price on such items to ...


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If in doubt, full service. I was in the same position as you, Donna, very recently. There was a full service history, but it wasn't itemised - so I had no idea what was actually done apart from giving an educated guess based on bills. In the end, I went for a full service - oil, oil filter, air filter, sparks, gearbox oil, brake fluid, pads and rotors (they ...


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LoJack can only be installed by authorized installers. The price of installation is fairly consistent. OnStar and other similar services offer a similar feature set, but are not necessarily as secure. OnStar now offers an aftermarket upfit system that can be installed into any car or truck (not available for motorcycles/scooters, while LoJack is). A ...


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Sounds perfect. I would add an inspection of your tires every 6 months. You don't have to replace them every 6 months. It's just that if they're older than 3 years and they're of the "budget" variety, they may get brittle. Just have a quick look for cracks on the sidewall and feel for flat spots or bulges. Something many people overlook is the effect of the ...



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