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Keep Your Car in Shape this New Year

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Maintaining Your Vehicle from Car-Mart

It’s a new year – a time when almost everyone thinks about New Year’s resolutions, such as getting organized, exercising more, and saving money. But what about New Year’s resolutions for your vehicle? It’s a big investment, so why not take time to do right by what gets you here and there 365 days a year? After all, you spend a great deal of time in your vehicle.

Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions to keep your car safe and efficient:

  1. Keep your used vehicle maintained.

Service your vehicle regularly – check your oil, battery, and brakes. Get a tune-up. Regular maintenance can help prevent costly repairs and can help extend the life of your vehicle.

Man checking car's oil
Keeping your vehicle’s oil and fluids up to date can reduce long-term maintenance costs and help it run smoothly and longer.

Check out our helpful blogs about vehicle maintenance:

  1. Check your tires.

Checking Tire Pressure
Checking your tire pressure and ensuring they’re fully inflated can prevent poor vehicle performance.

Do you need a new set of tires? Are the treads worn? It’s a safety issue, so be sure to keep the appropriate pressure and treads on your tires. And maybe this is the year you learn how to change a tire!

Learn about the importance of tire rotation and care of your tires in our blog – As the Wheels Turn.

  1. Keep your used vehicle clean.

Keep your car washed – it helps preserve the paint. Dirty windows can reduce your visibility. Plus, a clean interior is healthier! Believe it or not, a clean vehicle can make you feel better and happier!

Car-Mart associate vacuuming car passenger seat
Keeping your vehicle clean – inside and outside – can extend the life of your vehicle. Plus, it’s a good time to check for things that may need repair.

Check out our three tips on washing your vehicle in our blog – A Clean Car = A Happy You.

  1. Know your vehicle.

Have you ever read your car’s owner’s manual? You should! You can learn valuable information about your vehicle and its functions. So, take an hour to discover the hidden secrets of your car.

  1. Drive safely.

woman reading car owner's manual by the side of the road
Consulting your owner’s manual is the best way to learn how to configure your vehicle to your preferences and needs.

Making a resolution to drive safely can mean saving a life – yours and others. Develop safe driving habits. Follow the speed limit. Don’t let yourself get distracted. Don’t text and drive. Buckle your seat belt.

Check out our blog – Are You a Safe Driver? – to learn five tips for safe driving.

When it comes to caring for your car, following your New Year’s resolutions for your car can be incredibly beneficial, and they will help keep you on the road.

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in January 2022 and has been slightly updated with a new date and links to additional helpful blogs.

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