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Whether your car is a commuter vehicle or your prized possession, it is important that you take good care of it.
The littlest things can cause problems if left unattended over time. You know to check your oil, wash it regularly, check your tire pressure, and not run the gas too low. But what about the things you don’t always consider? Take a look at these four things you should be paying attention to so you can keep your car in top notch condition.
It’s pretty obvious that you should replace the lights when they go out, but what about other upkeep? Over time, the glass covering your lights can get pretty dirty. Long road trips can leave them covered in bugs and dirt. Simply driving your car can cause them to get cracks or become hazy. For your safety and the appearance of your car, you want to keep your car lights in good condition. To clean your lights, you can use a headlight restoration kit, or for a simpler alternative, clean it with toothpaste.
It’s easy to remember to repair windshield chips, but sometimes you miss paint chips on your car until they become a problem. In addition to making sure that your car looks fabulous, the paint job protects the metal underneath from rust. When the paint is chipped away, the metal becomes exposed and can easily rust. It can be expensive to get a whole new paint job for a few dings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fix it. Every few months and after any major road trip, check your car carefully for any exposed metal. If you find any spots, cover them with clear nail polish. The polish will create a seal that prevents the chip from rusting or spreading.
You check your oil often and get it changed regularly, but how much do you know about the other fluids your car uses? Radiator, power steering, transmission, brake washer fluid, and coolant are all critical to keeping your car running properly. The mechanic will probably check your fluid levels during an oil change, but you need to learn how to keep track of them yourself. You don’t want to end up with a dirty windshield and no washer fluid to clean it. Even worse would be running low on coolant in the middle of a road trip. To prevent any nasty surprises, you should check all of your fluid levels whenever you check your oil. They are all easy find, so it shouldn’t take more than 5 extra minutes.
This suggestion has less to do with your car and more to do with storing your car. When you have something valuable, you do everything that you can to protect it, so why not do the same for your car? Your garage is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting a home alarm system like ADT with yard signs will deter most burglars and protect your car. You can also install motion-activated cameras and alarms to protect your car in case the warning signs don’t discourage someone. It is definitely worth it to shell out a little more cash to keep your car safe.
It’s important to take care of your car and to remember to do the little things. Nothing can set you back more than losing your transportation and nothing is worse than losing your perfect ride through accidental neglect. The little things make all the difference, so don’t forget!