Five Tips to Spring Your Car into Shape

The technicians at CarMax, the largest American used cars retailer, have compiled the following 5 tips to help the readers in keeping their car in top shape. Driving in winter can be taxing, on cars and their drivers, yet following a few simple steps can help get your car ready for the next season.

  1. Wash car under-carriage:
    An automatic carwash that cleans the under-carriage helps remove residue winter road treatments may leave behind.
  2. Wax after every wash:
    Wax protects paint from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Just don’t go for a cheap brand that might ruin your car’s paint.
  3. Don’t forget about the oil:
    Cold weather causes condensation and harmful acids can form in engine oil; so remember to change oil and filter every 3,000 miles or at manufacturer-recommended intervals.
  4. See a professional:
    If the engine isn’t running smoothly or other problems arise, have your vehicle diagnosed by a certified auto technician to extend vehicle life and improve gas mileage
  5. Have a qualified technician check:
  • Engine coolant, belts, and hoses
  • All lights and lenses for cracks
  • All tires, including the spare
  • All wheels and brakes
  • Car battery, since it works harder in summer months
  • Steering and suspension for loose or damaged parts
  • Air conditioner, to avoid waiting for repairs in hot summer weather