Winter is the season of rust—snow itself is bad enough, but add in all those chemicals from salting the roads and you have a recipe for disaster. Once rust finds its way onto your car, it spreads like the common cold. Here are some easy tips to prevent car rust this season.
First, wash your car regularly. Whether you’re at home or you go to a drive-through one, you need to get all the salt and grim and mud off your car before it starts to damage the metal. In winter, it’s good to do this once every week or two.
Don’t forget to spray the underside of the car! If the person or machine doing your car wash doesn’t get the underside, take it home and spray it down. This is where the most salt collects.
You can also protect your car by waxing it. A wax at the beginning of the season should keep the paintjob safe from the elements for the season, though if you live in very salty area you might want to invest in some anti-rust spray.
If you’re looking to schedule a service appointment, be sure to take advantage of our online scheduler!
Some of you might be wondering why anyone would buy winter tires when all-season tires exist. But there are actually several good reasons why you should buy winter tires, and fewer downsides than you might think.
To begin with, winter tires provide more grip on wet or snowy roads than all-season tires, reducing braking distance and increasing cornering ability. It’s not just more fun for the thrill seekers out there: it’s also safer.
Secondly, summer tires, which you would likely use when not using winter tires, provide more grip on dry roads than all-season tires. All-season tires provide a compromise between the two, one ultimately driven by cost and convenience. It’s cheaper to just use one set of tires all year round… isn’t it?
Well, not really. Yes, buying two sets of tires will be more expensive at first. But because you’ll use each set about half as long per year, by the time you buy a new set of all-seasons, your summer and winter tires will still have half their life ahead of them.
The only real downside? It’s about an hour out of your year to change the tires. If that’s too much of an inconvenience for you, we’d be happy to help change your tires at Haddad Toyota!
All of us at Haddad Auto Group are excited that spring officially starts this Friday. While we may not have spring weather yet, we still want to make sure that we are starting to think about how to take the best care of our cars with the changing of the season. So, here are our spring car maintenance tips to help get you started off in the right direction this coming season.
Be sure to check your battery. Winter’s harsh weather can take a toll on your battery, so be sure to stop by your local mechanic’s shop to get the battery tested for the months ahead.
Check your tires for normal wear and tear and if you have winter tires, it’s time to switch to your all-season tires.
Replace old wiper blades to keep up with the spring rains.
Inspect your air conditioning system to make sure it’s working before you need it.
Wash and wax your vehicle to get all of winter’s grime off your car and protect it for the future.
Check the belts and hoses on your car to help prevent a break and major mechanical issues down the line.