The best way to extend the life of your vehicle is to make sure it is protected from the elements and cold winter temperatures. While there are some steps in the winterization process that you can do on your own, some of the steps are best performed by a reputable dealer with qualified service technicians. Please do not risk your vehicle by letting it remain unprotected through another winter.
What Is Included in Winterizing Your Car?
Several key components of a vehicle can be adversely affected by harsh winter conditions. Familiarize yourself with your car and all of its parts so you can perform simple maintenance tasks on your own if an emergency arises. Some steps for winterizing your vehicle include the following activities:
Change Your Oil, Top Your Fluids and Check Your Filters
Before the temperatures fall too far, you will want to change your oil and filter. While you are under the hood of the car, it is a good idea to check the air and fuel filters as well. Your dealership can tell you how often you should get the different filters in your vehicle changed. Changing your oil regularly will keep your engine running as smoothly as possible. Additionally, check the rest of your fluids of your car as well. This includes the coolant, power steering, transmission, and brake fluids. If they are low, top them up. Schedule an appointment to get your car serviced if needed.
Test Your Heater/Defroster
You do not want to get stuck on a cold morning with no heater or defroster. If you notice that it takes longer for your heater to warm up, contact your dealership, and have it examined. Check your heater and defroster frequently so you will know at the first sign of trouble.
Inspect Your Tires
Take a close look at your tires to detect any visible signs of wear. If the tread is shallow, you can purchase new tires before the bad weather begins. If you have a set of snow tires, have them put on your car before the first hard freeze. Even though your tires may not have many miles on them, they can still show signs of deterioration if they are over three years old.
How Much Does It Cost to Annually Winterize Your Vehicle?
If you winterize your car on your own, you may be able to get it done by spending $50 to $100. Choosing to let a dealership or car repair shop do the job for you can cost around$150 to $200, depending on whether they change your wiper blades or flush your radiator. The money spend on winterizing your vehicle is well worth it if you consider the additional time you will get out of your vehicle in the long run. Scheduling an appointment before the temperatures fall below freezing will ensure that your car is protected from the very beginning.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Dealership Winterize Your Car?
The advantage of having a dealership winterize your car enables winterizing your vehicle according to the manufacturer’s specifications without any process being forgotten. Also, the service technician will examine your vehicle and will be able to tell you if something is worn or may need to be replaced. They will ensure that everything is in good working order before the temperatures start to drop.
Additionally, you can also stock your vehicle with some essential supplies. This can include non-perishable food items, blankets, flashlights, batteries, and any other items you may need if you are stranded for any length of time.
Caring for your vehicle should be your top priority as fall turns into winter. At Duane Weber Insurance, our agents are always working to make sure you have the insurance coverage you need. It is up to you to protect your vehicle and keep it in good working order. If you have questions or concerns about your car insurance or what you can do to keep your car in the best possible condition, call and talk to our agent today!