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October is Fall Car Care Month, so there’s no better time to tune up your car than now. Keeping your vehicle in top shape can do more than just improve its current condition and performance. It can also help prolong its expected life, save you money on gas and future repairs, increase the resale value, and ensure that your vehicle’s interior and exterior are prepared for the cold weather ahead.

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Simple Maintenance Tasks

First, read your owner’s manual to see what they recommend for your vehicle at this time of year. Check your warranty to ensure you don’t use the wrong oil or request services that could void your warranty. ­There are a number of simple maintenance tasks that you can take advantage of to improve the condition of your car, including the following:

  • Have your tires rotated, balanced, and aligned, and check the tire pressure and tread depth
  • Test your battery and consider replacing it after three years
  • Check the battery connections to ensure they are clean and corrosion-free
  • Test the heater to make sure it will work on those cold mornings
  • Check the front and rear defrosters
  • Check the air filters and replace if necessary
  • Check all your lights
  • Have the brakes checked
  • Top off all car fluids, such as the engine oil, transmission fluid, and coolant
  • Have the oil changed every 3,000 miles
  • Replace your windshield wipers every six months so that they can keep your windshield clear for full visibility
  • Refill the wiper fluid
  • Examine the engine belt for signs of excess wear
  • Check your spare tire and emergency kit to ensure they are ready for an unexpected emergency situation

Deal With Any Problems Now

If you still have any lingering car problems, have them dealt with now, before the colder months ahead. For instance, even the smallest ding in your windshield in summer can spell huge problems in winter. The small mark can quickly spread to crack the entire windshield due to the cold and pose a serious safety risk. The longer you wait to have a problem fixed, the more serious and costly it will become, so visit your local auto shop or dealership now, during these cool autumn months.

If you hear or smell something unusual while you are driving, act on it quickly. The problem won’t go away if you ignore it and the last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the road in the middle of winter. Vehicle problems, and battery failures in particular, are also more likely to occur in colder weather, so it is best to prepare for them (and work to prevent them) now.

Is Your Vehicle Beyond Repair?

If you aren’t sure that your old family car can make it another winter, consider contacting Messy Motors. We can take it off of your hands and pay you cash on the spot so you can enjoy the upcoming seasons in a new car.