Yearly maintenance is an important part of keeping your vehicle working for a long time. You have to take care of your car if you want it to keep doing its job and stay reliable. But when should you do maintenance? Really, anytime you have to perform maintenance on your car is ok, but if you want to start a yearly tradition of regular vehicle maintenance, the end of summer is a great time for a summer car maintenance checklist!
Use the Nice Weather to Your Advantage
As summer ends, it’s easy to forget that harsher weather is not that far off. You’re probably still thinking about the sun and warm weather, but fall is right around the corner and winter is not far behind that. So, instead of waiting until it’s too cold to do anything outside, using the remaining long summer days to do maintenance is a great option. You can exploit the long, warm days to get all of that work done and over with and rest easy knowing your car is ready for the colder months.
Don’t Put It Off
It’s easier also easier to take care of vehicle maintenance now, rather than when you need something and find it doesn’t work. The last thing you want is to be stuck in your car on a chilly day and find the heater doesn’t work. Or to be driving through rainy, leaf-strewn streets on bologna skin tires. If you take care of your car now, you won’t have to worry about those things later. Check out this article on scheduled maintenance to give yourself an idea of what you should be putting on your summer car maintenance checklist.
Assess the Damage
Doing your yearly maintenance in the summer also gives you a good idea of whether or not it’s worth holding onto your car at all. If getting your vehicle ready for colder weather is going to cost more than your car is worth, it may be time to consider selling your car instead of trying to maintain a money pit. This will give you time to shop around for something new, without the worry of breakdowns in bad weather.
My Auto Store
Whether you opt to sell your car or maintain it at the close of summer, My Auto Store can help. We carry certified, recycled parts for your car. That means repairs can be made without breaking the bank. We’ll also buy the car you decide to sell, even if it’s old and broken down. We’ll give you a great price because we see value in your old car.