As a car owner it can be all too easy to overlook the small responsibilities that come with looking after your car. That’s why we put together this list of new year’s resolutions for car owners to get you through the new year and beyond. It should be fun to own a car, after all.
Two Checkups this Year
The first resolution is to make sure that he car gets at least two checkups with a mechanic this year, and that you know the maintenance history of your car. No matter how well you think you know the vehicle, a good and well-trained mechanic is able to spot a problem that you might have missed. It might sound a little obsessive to have the car checked by a good mechanic twice a year, but having preventative maintenance performed by a qualified professional is essentially cheap car insurance. Ensure you keep all documentation as well, as having all of the service records for your car makes it much easier to sell it. All of this can be done through www.DriverSide.com. (FYI the good news is that we do this everytime you get your oil changed.)
Resolve to Stay on Top of Fluid Changes
Regularly checking the fluid levels in your car is the key to ensuring it lives a long life. Some fluids, such as brake fluid, clutch fluid, and coolant might not need to be checked as much as the oil and transmission fluids, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. Note down a day on your calendar every month so you know when to check fluid levels. It’s simple and easy to check fluid levels and it can save you a lot of money on costly repairs. Of course you also need to change the fluid levels when the service manual suggests you should. If you’re confused about how to check your fluids and how to replace them then get one o the friendly mechanics at DriverSide to tell you just what you need to know.
Resolve to Fix Small Problems Before they Become Major Problems
This is one of the easiest responsibilities to find yourself overlooking, but there could be cataclysmic consequences for not addressing small problems early. You might notice your car is making an unusual sound and hope it will go away, but sadly there’s no such thing as a car that can fix itself. Make sure you get easy repair work and minor maintenance done when it needs to be done. This prevents the problems (and the repair bills) from getting larger. Get the car fixed early and let it live a long and healthy life. If your car is in need of repairs, no matter how big or small, then check out the Pre-Service Report from DriverSide, where we check over your car and advise you about what to do next.
Resolve to Keep the Car Clean
Grime and dirt builds up in your car and it wears down the carpeting and upholstery. Get yourself some floor mats I you need them and have your car cleaned and vacuumed regularly. You can also learn about any minor problems by giving your car a good clean, meaning you can have them repaired before they become a major issue.