Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

(905) 684-0050

What To Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Thorold

Posted on December 12,14 by napademo



So you’ve bought a used car in the Thorold area. Do you know what you’re getting? It is hard to know what you’re getting because people in the Thorold area sell cars for different reasons. Think about why you’ve sold cars. 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 cars in Ontario with 25,000 to 35,000 miles on them are often lease returns, Thorold corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most Thorold buyers feel pretty confident about these because they’re newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?

Thorold auto owners who are planning to own a car for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid costly repairs down the road. But, if you know you’re only going to have the car 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 Thorold motorists to skip the 30,000 mile 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, Thorold used care 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 Hartzel Automotive & Marine may be in order.

You’ll want Hartzel Automotive & Marine to check the A/C, battery, engine air filter, serpentine belt and hoses. A used car inspection at Hartzel Automotive & Marine is well worth the cost.

And if your “new” used vehicle has more miles on it, an inspection is even more essential. Check your owner’s manual or talk with your knowledgeable Hartzel Automotive & Marine tech (call 905.684.0050) about what should have been done. Please don’t forget the timing belt; that can be very expensive if it fails.

Hartzel Automotive & Marine will help you with a plan to take care of important 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 vital maintenance records. They’ll help you get top dollar on the Ontario used car market when it’s time for you to sell.

Hartzel Automotive & Marine
96 Ormond St. S.
Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6
905.684.0050


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Hartzel Auto Marine

96 Ormond Street South

Thorold, Ontario L2V 4V6

Phone: (905) 684-0050

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We have FREE maintenance inspections.
Our shop offers FREE pick-up and delivery.
We also offer marine repair, maintenance, sales and parts for all boats and PWC.

Feel free to call or email us to schedule your next appointment.


Business Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday
Appointment Only

Sunday
Closed


We accept checks and debit.

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