As the ice melts and the sun shines stronger, it’s important to take the time to properly maintain your car.
Just like anything in this world, cars need to be looked after and cared for. Or, you end up with a headache of emergency fixes later on. If you want your car to last longer, get your car ready for spring with these 8 steps.
Think of it as a checklist!
Have your oil checked.
This is really something you should do on the regular. But, if you haven’t had the chance recently- check your oil now. A low oil tank can really harm a car. Not to mention, leave you stranded on the highway with no way out but AAA. Don’t let that happen, and go for an oil change in time for the nice spring weather.
Check your tire pressure.
Similarly, low tire pressure is never something to let sit. Whether your car’s tire pressure light has been flashing or not, it’s always smart to check your tires before you start on your springtime road trips. Many car mechanics or gas stations will do a free tire pressure check. But if not, the cost is extremely minimal.
Get your windows tinted.
Before it gets too sunny, get your windows tinted to protect both you and your car. Tinted windows help you drive saver by diminishing the sun’s glare. Additionally, tinted windows protect your skin and car furnishing from otherwise harmful UV rays.
Buy a remote car starter.
It’s never too late to buy a remote car starter. Remote car starters allow you to unlock your car and get the AC going, so you never have to stand out in the heat fumbling for keys. Some remote starters even come with GPS capabilities, which let you track your car in case of a break-in.
Clean your car.
Wash it down on the outside, and vacuum it on the inside. Winter is a long season. So, debris tends to accumulate both outside and inside the car. Start the spring season fresh with a fresh feeling car.
Spruce up the paint.
If you have any scratches on your car, now is the time to fill them in. Some marks you can touch-up yourself if you have the right tools. Otherwise, take your car in to your local mechanic for a full paint fix up. It’s best to have the paint fixed now while the snow is off the car, but before the pollen starts to settle.
Work out the kinks.
Now is also a great time to finally get to all the small things in your car that need tending to. Things like: cracks in the mirrors, a broken radio, ripped up upholstery, etc.
Be sure the AC is working.
The last thing you want is for the spring and summer heat to hit and your AC is broken. Things often have a way of breaking when they aren’t being used. After a long winter of only using the heat, check that your car’s air conditioning is working properly with no leaks or rumblings.