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Winter is Coming: Is Your Car Ready?

We’ve been enjoying some unseasonably warm weather in the Twin Cities the last couple of weeks. But we know winter is coming, and it will hang around for some time. So, if you want your car to get you and your family safely from point A to point B and look good doing it, now is the time to prepare for the frigid temps and ice and snow.

Winter Maintenance

Don’t wait until the middle of January to go through the list below. You’ll save a lot of money and headaches by taking care of business now rather than later.

• Schedule a checkup to ensure your brakes and engine are functioning correctly.

• Make sure your washer fluid is full and your wipers are in good shape.

• Double check that the heater is working.

• Snow tires are a must in Minnesota.

Prepare for a winter emergency

Whether you are planning a quick small-town getaway or a trip across the country, anything can happen. Cell phones don’t always work. And, in the case of inclement weather, AAA and other emergency services can’t always get to you immediately. So, make sure you have these supplies in your vehicle before embarking on any winter trips:

• Blankets

• Water

• Food such as quick energy candy bars

• Flares

• Matches

• Flashlights

• Scrapers

• Car safety and first aid kit

• Gas

• Cat litter to help with traction

• Books…something to do to keep from going crazy

Also, it’s a good idea to let someone know your path and destination and the time you expect to arrive. If the weather turns ugly, they should check with the authorities if they can’t reach you.

Stay put if you find yourself stuck in your car during a blizzard! Don’t go wandering off to find help. Assistance isn’t that far away. Stay with the protection and shelter of your vehicle.

Keep your car looking ‘cool’ in the cold

Okay, while we acknowledge safety takes priority over appearance, there are steps to take that will keep your vehicle looking its best all winter long:

  • Make sure you’ve got room in your garage for your car.

  • If you don’t have a garage, invest in a protective covering.

  • Park in covered ramps whenever possible.

  • If you own a classic vehicle, try to keep it in storage during inclement weather.

  • Don’t skimp on the car washes.

  • Protect your car’s body with a product from your favorite automotive store or order it from Amazon.

You know what to do if you experience dings and dents

Of course, we hope your travels are safe, but if you experience dings and dents, you know who to call to get your ride as good as new. Remember, we come to you! To get an estimate or schedule an appointment, contact us here.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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