Car Care Tips


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This week’s blog is all about how to take the best care of your car. I’ll appropriately title it “Car Care Tips!” Most of these tips are common sense but it never hurts to be reminded, especially if those reminders can help keep your car in the best condition possible!

1.       Check and Change Your Oil. There are a lot of suggestions on how often to change your oil if you’re asking the internet. Some say every 3,000 miles, others say every 5,000, and if you have a newer vehicle the owner manual you haven’t read yet says around every 10,000 miles. From the information I have gathered from the internet, you would be safe changing your oil every 5,000 miles (or around every 3 months). Many articles suggest that if you are constantly driving through heavy traffic you should consider changing it every 3,000 miles.

2.       Keep It Clean. Having a clean car is just about as pleasing as having a clean house! You don’t want to hop into your car and find a stale McDonald’s french fry under your seat (even though it happens a lot more often than it should). Set aside a time to take it to the car wash every month. Vacuum the nooks and crannies and give the dashboard a good wipe down. If you really want to be extra buy yourself a pack of air fresheners (I recommend the peach scent).

3.       Wax on, Wax off.  While we’re on the “Clean Car” topic, get into the habit of giving the exterior a good wash, rinse, and repeat. Go the extra mile and slap on a fresh coat of wax!  Nothing says “eye candy” like fresh wax on your ride. Waxing your vehicle might seem like a lot of extra work but it sure does make it look good. I’m not saying you should always have a fresh coat on your vehicle but a good wax every 3 months wouldn’t hurt!

4.       Tire Pressure. There is a sweet spot when it comes to how much pressure should go into your tires. Often times the recommended tire pressure is located on a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door. Most new model cars have tire pressure sensors that will alert you if there is too much or not enough pressure. However, it’s never a bad idea to check it yourself; technology is only great when it works!

5.       Clean Your Windshield. Wouldn’t you agree your windshield is one of the most important windows in your vehicle? I would hope so. You are constantly looking out of it and when it has  bug guts all over it makes it difficult to see. Instead of looking at your phone when you’re filling up with fuel give your windshield, or all of your windows, a squeegee. It’ll make your experience more enjoyable and your car look a lot cleaner!

Do you agree with my tips? What’re some of your Car Care Tips? Let us know on Facebook at Briggs Auto, or on Twitter, @BriggsAuto.

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