What would your car say about you? Are you conscientious car owner, careful to schedule every maintenance appointment? Or do you only take care of your car when absolutely needed? If you’re the latter, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s resolutions your car wished you would make for the New Year—for both your sakes. Here are the resolutions your car wished you would add to your list of resolutions, and keep:
I will get regular oil changes.
Your car needs regular oil changes to ensure that your engine is properly lubricated. Dirty oil from infrequent oil changes can damage your engine parts and cost you more money than a car with regular oil changes. Talk to your mechanic about how often your oil needs to be changed, schedule regular oil changes for your vehicle, and stick to your schedule.
I will check my tire pressure.
Your tires could be five pounds low, and you may not even know it. If you have a newer car, your TPMS sensor light does not typically activate until your tires are 20% (or more) underweight. The good news is it only takes a few minutes to check your tire pressure (we’ve posted directions here) and only costs you a few dollars to buy a tire pressure gauge. But wait, there’s more good news: checking your tire pressure can help your gas mileage, ensure you’re driving safely, and giving you a smoother ride.
I will get my brakes replaced.
Sometimes your brakes start to wear down and you don’t even know it. Other times, your brakes are squealing, growling, or making other signs that they’ve had it. Whatever signs you’re getting that you need new brakes, seize the day and get them done. You’ll be a lot safer in the New Year with new brakes.
I will pay attention to my battery.
Believe it or not, a car battery is under the most stress during the summer; but a battery can give out any time during the year. There are ways you can tell your car battery is dying, so pay attention to your car battery to make sure you’re not stranded when you’ve got places to go.
I will check my fluids regularly.
Check your oil and windshield fluid on a regular basis. A low oil level in your car can damage your engine and wear your oil out faster; both consequences cost you more money throughout the life of your car. If you are worried that either of these fluids are leaking, or you have other suspicious spots under your car (find out what kind of fluid those spots are here), schedule an appointment so your mechanic can diagnose and fix the problem before it causes problems.
I will buy new tires.
How bad are your current tires? Can you see the tread wear indicator bars? Are you adding air to your tires every time (or every other time) you drive? If your tires are showing signs of replacement, it’s time to bite the bullet and purchase the right tires for your car (read our tips on how to choose the right tires here). Contact your local tire shop to find out what deals they offer on tires, and to schedule an appointment to get them mounted—and get you on the road.
I will find out what that nagging car problem is.
Is your check engine light on? Does your car pull to the left or right? Ignoring warning lights on your dash can seem harmless, but can cause long-term damage to your car and cost you a lot of money. Don’t procrastinate with this New Year’s resolution; schedule an appointment today to get your car looked at and that nagging problem taken care of. When you car is running better, and you don’t have to worry about being stranded, you and your car can both breathe a sigh of relief.