Auto-Related New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Car

For most people, coming up with a New Year’s resolution can be difficult. That’s why we at Gananoque Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac have created a list of tips for New Year’s resolutions to ensure that your new 2018 vehicle lasts. From changing the oil regularly to avoiding speeding, there are a few things you can do to be a better car owner and driver.

  • Keep up with routine maintenance: According to Green Living, this is one of the most difficult things for owners to remember. This includes oil changes every three to five months and regular inspections. Skimping on oil changes may not have an immediate effect, but it can have drastic effects on your vehicle down the road.
  • Budget: It’s difficult to get regular maintenance and repairs sometimes, especially if you don’t have the money. That’s why it’s important to set aside a little money from each paycheck for potential auto repairs. Even if it’s just $10 a month, that can add up over time to help make expenses less of a burden. With money on hand for repairs, you’re more likely to fix your car when needed.
  • Clean out your car: Get a fresh start by emptying out all the junk in your trunk and cleaning out all of the garbage beneath the seats. Don’t forget to detail the inside and give the outside a good wash, especially if your car has been through salt or snow.
  • Take it somewhere new: Treat yourself to a fun road trip with family or friends in 2018 by driving your car to a new place. It could be in your own city, it could be another province, or it could even be down to the States.
  • Drive the speed limit: This is tricky for some people, but exceeding the speed limit is not only unsafe, but it also reduces fuel economy. If you want to save gas, avoid harmful emissions, and be safer on the road, try not to speed when driving. Plus, speeding rarely improves your time of arrival; for most drivers, speeding is just a bad habit and nothing more.
  • Stop texting and driving: If you have this habit, it is likely the worst that you have. Prioritize the safety of everyone on the road by putting your phone down.

If you want to start off the New Year with a new 2018 vehicle, stop by Gananoque Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac to see everything General Motors has to offer.

Winter Car Prep: Top 3 Things to Do Before Fall Ends

Now that fall is here, it’s important to start thinking about winter car prep. While most drivers might be tempted to wait for the weather to get cold, it’s necessary to start your preparations while the weather is still holding up. At Gananoque Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac, we’ve provided a list of tips on winter prep to keep you ready for the snow and ice.

winter tires for canadian snowy winter

According to Wheels, one of the best investments you can make as a Canadian is in winter tires. These tires have a softer rubber compound that allows them to get a better grip in freezing temperatures or on icy pavement. They also have special channels to divert water and deep tread for traction.

car battery service testing

Next, have your battery tested by a professional. The winter can be especially hard on electronic systems, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting a good charge. If your battery is older than five years, you should consider replacing it (even if it’s still getting a decent charge). Without a battery, you could get stranded.

vehicle emergency preparation kit

Finally, pack an emergency kit. You never know if your car will break down, so pack supplies like a first aid kit, flares, a blanket, candles, matches, water, and a folding shovel. It’s also a good idea to check the air in your spare tire to ensure it’s still inflated. These are just a few of the things you can do to prepare for the cold weather.

Car Cleaning Tips for This Summer

Keeping your car clean is a great way to improve your experience and comfort behind the wheel, and can also help preserve the resale value of your car. Aside from simply picking up trash from the backseat, keep the following car cleaning tips to keep in mind the next time you have time to clean out your car.

cleaning the interior of a car

According to Buzzfeed, one of the best things you can do is clean out the vents. Many cars come with in-cabin air filters that need to be changed every few years, but you can also clean the vents themselves using paint brushes or foam brushes. Add compressed air and you can get those hard to reach spots. In some vehicles, the vent covers come off to make it easy to do thorough cleaning. By cleaning the vents, you get rid of musty odor and preserve that new car smell.

Next, get rid of pet fur with a squeegee and spray bottle. By gently misting the seats with water and scraping the rubber squeegee across the seats, many pet owners find that fur comes right out. You can also wear latex glove and rub your hand on the upholstery to lift fur before vacuuming.

To get dirt and gunk off vinyl, rub surfaces with a Magic Eraser or any other melamine-based foam. This “eraser” is a crystalline material that can be combined with other ingredients to make a foam that cleans surfaces by simply adding water.

Have a leather dash? You can condition leather using olive oil. This is best on surfaces you don’t normally touch—like the dash—and you should avoid putting it on the steering wheel or shift knob. However, olive oil is a great leather conditioner that keeps the material hydrated and protected.

Finally, you can clean water spots off the windshield using 0000-level steel wool. This is the finest steel wool on the market (do NOT use any other), and it will polish glass windows better than many other materials.

For other detailing tips or for regular service, visit Gananoque Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac today