It’s common to have self-improvement goals in the new year, but what about car-related resolutions? Whether you want to take better care of your ride or travel to new places in 2018, use these ideas from Scott’s Fort Collins Auto to inspire your new year’s resolutions.
Most car owners know that routine maintenance is necessary to keep their ride running smoothly for many years to come. However, some people fail to keep up with the recommended maintenance schedule for their cars. This year, set a resolution to remain aware of your vehicle’s needs. Here’s what to check and when:
- Once a month: Dashboard indicator lights, exterior lights, tires, windshield washer fluid, and engine oil level.
- Every three months/3,000 miles: Automatic transmission fluid, power steering fluid, battery, belts and hoses, and engine air filter.
- Every six months/6,000 miles: Chassis lubrication and windshield wiper blades.
- Every 12 months/12,000 miles: Brakes, coolant, steering and suspension, and wheel alignment.
Set Money Aside for Car-Related Expenses
It’s always a good goal to expect the unexpected. This way, if a repair sneaks up on you, or you get into an accident, you’ll be prepared to handle the situation. One technique is to create a “rainy day” savings account that you automatically deposit 10 percent of your income into every month. If no surprises come up, you’ll have money set aside for a down payment on a new car in just a year or two.
Keep Your Car Clean
Think back to how clean your car was the day you bought it. Whether you bought it used from a private seller or drove it off the lot brand new, chances are it isn’t as clean as it once was. Dirt, trash, and clutter are common in cars these days, but with a little cleaning, you can restore your ride’s appearance to a more presentable condition. Start with a deep cleaning session. Then, to prevent the mess from taking over again, spend a few minutes tidying up once a week.
Learn Basic Car Maintenance and Repair Tricks
While you should leave substantial vehicle repairs to a knowledgeable technician, there are some tasks every car owner should know how to do. Check out Scott’s blog for guidance on performing the following maintenance and repairs:
- Check your car’s fluid levels
- Change your windshield wipers
- Replace a burned out headlight
- Change a flat tire
- Check the tire pressure
- Troubleshoot a car that won’t start
- Jumpstart a car
Plan a Road Trip to Somewhere New
With a well-maintained car and knowledge of how to handle roadside emergencies, you should feel safe planning a road trip to a new destination. Whether you plan to travel with friends, family, or your faithful dog, choose somewhere exciting you have never been before.
Make Money by Driving
Since owning a car can get expensive, why not have it pay you back a little? As long as your vehicle is dependable because you’ve kept up with maintenance and repairs, you should be able to use it to drive for Uber or Lyft. If that’s not quite what you had in mind, consider making food deliveries. Whether you work for one company or you freelance through a food delivery Smartphone app, the tips can be quite a lucrative way to make some money on the side.
Let Scott’s Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions
You can take care of some resolutions on this list yourself, while others require help from an experienced mechanic. Whether it’s time for an oil change or you need auto repair after getting in an accident, feel free to call us at (970) 682-4202 or schedule your appointment online. We’ll make sure your vehicle is safe to drive so you can keep all your car-related new year’s resolutions!