Nothing says spring more than the time-honored tradition of spring cleaning. During the cold winter months, we often neglect to clean our vehicles and they accumulate dirt, dust, and junk. As the weather warms and we find ourselves venturing outside on road trips, we will be spending more time in our vehicles. Whether you’re in the market for one or looking to upgrade, Car City can help you find the perfect used car!
At Car City, we believe everyone—regardless of their credit situation—should have access to a reliable vehicle. we understand this need and have over 600 quality used vehicles in our inventory. Car City specializes in supplying our customers with newer used vehicles. Our promise at Car City is that no one else provides better quality used vehicles to people of all credit types.
This spring, don’t forget to clean your used car! Below we have created a list of tips and tricks to get your vehicle sparkling clean to welcome the new season. Just because you drive a used vehicle doesn’t mean you can’t take pride in cleaning it for the season ahead!
1. Remove salt
Snow, ice, and salt wreak havoc on mats and floors. You don’t want old salt remnants lingering around. After months of accumulation, these stains can become encrusted in your vehicle’s interior and stain cloth. Once the weather warms up, hose down all rubber mats and set out in the sun to dry. Brush away stains and dirt to clean the footwells. Additionally, now is a perfect time to clean the exterior of your vehicle. Road salt can corrode exposed metals on your vehicle. A good detail job or wash can remove these harsh remnants from your vehicle.
2. Check your oil
Checking your vehicle’s oil is perhaps one of the most important maintenance tips. Getting your oil changed is one of the least costly maintenance services and one of the most beneficial. Getting it done at the recommended rate of every 3,000 – 5,000 miles keeps your vehicle running smoothly. Changing your oil can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage and prevents your engine from overheating.
3. Change in-cabin air filter
With pollen fluttering through the air, spring is a great time to change your cabin air filter. A cabin air filter helps rid your vehicle’s cabin air of pollutants when they enter the ventilation system. A dirty cabin air filter cannot properly clean the air. To ensure that your passengers are breathing clean air, it is recommended to change your cabin air filter every year or 15,000 miles. Changing this filter is easy to do! They are usually found behind the glove box and can be simply replaced in a few minutes.
4. Change wipers
As it warms up, this is a good time to check wiper blades since they could be cracked or ripped from the winter. The last thing you want is to discover the poor condition of your wipers during a heavy spring rainstorm. New windshield wipers are inexpensive and improve your windshield visibility. Windshield wipers are available at auto parts stores, often with free installation, making this a cheap and easy maintenance tip.
5. Sanitize surfaces
After this year, we probably have extra cleaning products on hand, from sanitizers to wipes. Now is a great time to sanitize any high-contact surfaces in your car including the steering wheel, shifter, touch screens, handles, and the center console.
6. Add emergency items
With warmer weather ahead, chances are you’re planning a road trip. Now is the perfect time to add an emergency kit to your vehicle. Amazon sells emergency vehicle kits, which can include blankets, flares, jumper cables, a shovel, and a first aid kit. Also, check your spare tire and have a car jack handy.
7. Check tire pressure
Because air pressure ususally decreases over the colder months, check your tire pressure. Maintaining proper air pressure increases the life of the tire, ensures a safer ride, and helps improve your vehicle’s fuel economy.
Enjoy the season ahead with a quality used vehicle
By taking some time to spring-clean your used car, you can ensure a great road-tripping season ahead. If you’re in the market for a quality used vehicle, feel free to contact us, schedule an appointment, or visit your nearest Car City location to drive away in a newer used vehicle.
At Car City, our wide inventory makes it easier for customers to choose a newer ride. If your credit is not perfect or if you’re simply looking for a quality used vehicle, look no further! At Car City, all vehicles come with a six month/6,000-mile warranty, GAP coverage, and a three-day money back guarantee. Additionally, Car City offers a minimum of $1,000 for your vehicle trade. Simply bring your trade-in vehicle to any Car City location and apply the trade-in value towards your newer ride! Start your application today to drive away in a quality, used vehicle today!