You love your car. It is your first and it has to last. Your car will take care of you if you take care of it. You need to learn how to change the oil in your car, even if you don’t think you will generally have to do it yourself. Teenagers used to do all the work on their cars themselves or with their dads. Your dad knows how but doesn’t really like to work on cars, although he loves cars. And cars are harder to work on than they used to be, things are sealed, buried and electronic.
But you need to change the oil every 3-5,000 miles depending on what your mechanic says. And you need to put coolant/antifreeze in when its low, and windshield wiper fluid. If you live where they salt the roads, you need to wash off the salt, it causes rust.
Vacuum it out, polish it up, throw out the trash. Even if your room isn’t clean, your car should be. Remember how you felt when you got it, and take care of it that way. Nothing is more disgusting to single women than a nasty single man’s car or bathroom; we have to sit in both. At least in your apartment we have the choice to stand.
You will drive a lot of miles in your life. There is nothing worse than running out of gas when you are in a hurry, or breaking down by the side of the road when you are low on cash or in the middle of nowhere. If you do the maintenance, if you change the oil, if you have a mechanic you trust, mostly your car won’t let you down. Like most things in life, if you take care of it, it will take care of you