While many people make New Year’s resolutions about losing weight, kicking bad habits, or learning new skills, you might also consider making car-care resolutions to help keep your vehicle functioning in tip-top shape.
One of the best car-care resolutions, according to Wheels, is to schedule bi-annual checkups. In addition to taking your vehicle to a service center to change the oil, you should also schedule regular inspections for it. Seasonal tune-ups can help to improve fuel economy and performance, and you’re more likely to catch problems before they turn into expensive issues.
Another great goal is to regularly clean out your car. Added weight can actually reduce performance and fuel economy. Keeping the interior tidy also boosts the vehicle’s retail value. Vacuum your car, throw away any trash, and treat leather surfaces (if applicable). If you have fabric seats and carpet, consider shampooing these surfaces to get rid of stains.
Wash your car regularly, as well. Salt and grit from the road can cause the undercarriage to rust prematurely, which is a sure-fire way to lose resale value. It’s also a good idea to apply a protective wax coating every few months, to help shield the auto’s exterior from roadside dirt and debris.
Finally, rotate the tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. The front of the car usually puts more stress on tires since it’s heavier, so it’s a good idea to rotate the tires to more equally distribute the wear. This will save you money down the road by extending the life of your tires, while improving the vehicle’s grip on slick roads.
If you need to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle, contact us at Sarant Cadillac.