Today’s modern cars are built to exacting tolerations and are fine- tuned like a Swiss watch so care must be taken when you take your new car out on the road for the first time. The first 1,000 miles actually. This is known as the break-in period and it is the most crucial time in your car’s life. The better you take care of your car during its break-in period, the longer it will last. GIC Car Clinic has always been dedicated to helping you keep your car on the road and we firmly believe that you should follow the manufacturer’s break-in recommendations so we have listed them here for you.

  • Do not exceed 65 MPH for the first 1,000 miles. Your car’s owner’s manual may have a different speed listed but ours is the average.
  • Avoid towing trailers or weighing down the cargo area and roof racks during the break-in period. This will put undue stress on the drivetrain.
  • Don’t sit at idle for long periods of time. You can run many of the car’s entertainment systems with the car turned off. Not only will this save you gas, but it will allow your engine to last longer. At idle, you may not have enough oil pressure reaching every part of the engine and this could cause long-term damage.
  • Drive carefully, you didn’t buy a rally car so don’t treat it like one. Jack-rabbit starts, very quick acceleration, will harm your new car’s engine and drivetrain causing you to need repairs in the near future.

In summary, take care of your car and it will be there for you for many years to come. If you have any questions about your car’s break-in period, give us a call here at GIC Car Clinic and one of our experts will answer them for you.