This is What Your Car Really Wants For Christmas

christmas car maintenance

It’s hard to shop for that special car in your life. It doesn’t ask for much, really, just some fuel every now and then. It happily takes you from point A to point B without complaint, even when you spill coffee all over its car mats and wipe it up with your shoe (not so effective, by the way).

So maybe it’s time to give that lovable hunk of metal a big “thanks!” for all it does. And the best way to do that? By giving it what it truly wants this holiday season…

Indoor parking

Your garage is more than just a handy place to store all of your junk. It also happens to be a great place to keep your car!

Heat, sun, rain, and snow can quickly weather a vehicle, as can Victoria’s nasty winter storms (flying branches aren’t so great for your car’s paint job). Storing your car in a garage, or any covered area, protects it from the elements and keeps your car’s exterior and interior looking new. Plus, your car will be much harder to steal or break into.

A good cleaning

A clean vehicle is a happy vehicle! Washing your car on a regular basis is the easiest way to maintain and preserve your vehicle’s finish. That bird poop on your hood? It’s eating away at the paint job. And that “Wash Me” your kids lovingly scrawled on your tailgate? Dirt acts like sandpaper when it’s dragged across paint, so that message might be there long after the grime is gone. Oh, and don’t forget about the mud and rain. They’re unavoidable here in Victoria and may contain contaminants that can eat right through your paint.

Cars have a way of getting filthy really quickly, and your car’s interior is no exception. While dirty upholstery and other surfaces won’t affect the way your car runs, they will make your car look haggard and worn, which lowers its resale value. Plus, your friends don’t want to ride in your dirty car. They may not say it out loud, but they’re definitely thinking it.

So perhaps it’s time to get your car detailed? Remember, the longer you wait to clean the mess, the harder it will be for you to keep your car spotless.

But most of all… Much-needed maintenance

When’s the last time you brought your car in for an oil change? Or checked your tire pressure? Or had your shocks and struts looked over? Or had your brakes inspected? Or had any routine maintenance done, for that matter?

Even though your car may be running fine right now, that doesn’t mean it’s going to behave itself forever. There could be potential problems brewing and the only way to know is to have your car regularly inspected by a qualified mechanic.

To get you started, here’s a quick list of some simple preventative maintenance tips that will extend the life of your car and save you a bundle on future repairs. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if you’d like to book an appointment with our experienced mechanics. Your car will thank you!


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