How to Care for Your Car

April brings not just showers but car care month as well. We wanted to give you some helpful tips to help take care of your car this month and instill a pattern of taking care of your car in the future as well!

Spring Cleaning

A Dirty car can attract dirt and grim that can damage your interior and exterior. Leaving salt from the winter months on the outside of your car can also rust the outside of your car and cause damage to the exterior so it’s important to treat your car with care—both inside and out! We recommend cleaning your car once a month so you can maintain a cared for car.

 

Out with the old in with the new

While it may seem like a chore, your car needs its oil changed frequently or it could cost you in the long run. Oil helps lubricate your engine and without fresh oil, hazards can build up and cause your engine to deteriorate and eventually blow out, leading to a much more expensive hassle. You should get your oil changed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles to ensure your car is well taken care of.

 

Take care of your tires

Checking your tire pressure and having your tires rotated is essential to your car’s longevity and your wallet’s happiness. Replacing your tires can be quite pricy but checking your tire pressure and having your tires rotated should cost you under $100. Checking your tire pressure can prevent you from getting a flat tire on the road and rotating your tires can make sure they wear evenly. We recommend you do this every 7,500 miles to ensure you get the most out of your tires before you replace them.

 

Don’t break your brakes

It’s extremely important to routinely have your brakes checked by a professional. Brakes are one of the most important parts of your car and if you don’t have them checked, can severely cost you in the future. One of the most prominent features is the brake pads which can be replaced by a professional. We recommend having your brakes tested every 25,000 miles to ensure your safety on the road.

 

Say hello to new headlights

Driving in the dark can be unideal and doing so without a headlight can be extremely dangerous. It’s important to change out your headlights. Never take the risk of driving without a headlight—it could cost you more than a new bulb is worth.

 

Breath in new air filters

Air filters are like the lung of your car, it’s important to keep them clean so harmful things don’t affect the rest of your car. A dirty air filter will hurt your acceleration and make your car less efficient. Checking your air filter, and even replacing it, is a cost-effective way of maintaining your car’s health. It should only take you 20 minutes to replace your air filter and the positive effects are long-term.

 

Don’t freeze on changing your anti-freeze

Antifreeze and coolant are an essential part of making sure your car runs well. Without a maintained radiator, your engine will overheat that can lead to a very expensive repair. However, a gallon of antifreeze shouldn’t cost you more than $20 and is a key part in maintaining your cars longevity.

 

Make sure you’re insured

Even if you’re a good driver, those around you might not be so it’s important to have the best coverage possible. At Klinger Insurance Group, we provide quotes for personal and commercial auto insurance among various other types of insurance policies. We work with our carriers to make sure you get the coverage you need at the best price available. If you want to make sure you’re covere, give us a call (301-428-4935) or request a free quote so you can get the protection you need.

 

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