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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 most 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 in 2022:

  1. Keep your used vehicle maintained.

Service your vehicle regularly – check your oil, battery, and brakes and 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
Check you car’s oil and other fluids

Check out our blog about maintaining your battery – How to Keep your Car Battery Running Longer. Our How to Maintain your Vehicle article offers 10 basic maintenance tips. Learn the six warning signs for checking your brakes in our blog – Squeal, Squeak, Grind – 3 Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear. Finally, check out the 4 reasons why changing your oil regularly is important in our blog – 8 Things to Know About Your Vehicle Oil Changes.

  1. Check your tires.

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!

Man checking car tire pressure
Check you car’s tire pressure

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. A clean interior is healthier! Believe it or not, a clean vehicle can make you feel better and happy!

Car-Mart associate vacuuming car passenger seat
Car-Mart associate vacuuming car passenger seat

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

  1. Know your vehicle.

Read the owner’s manual. 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.

woman reading car owner's manual by the side of the road
Woman reading car owner’s manual
  1. Drive safely.

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 5 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.


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