How to Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

get your car ready for back to school
get your car ready for back to school

As the hot days of summer recede and fall creeps closer, it’s time to begin your back-to-school preparations. These include, of course, getting your car in tip-top shape before the school year is in full-swing and your schedule fills up. The following are a few tips on how to get your car ready for back to school, whether that means heading back to college or carpooling your kids to school.

  • Check fluid levels: Simple fluid-level checks are part of good, routine car maintenance, so take an afternoon to make sure you have appropriate amounts of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. These checks are easier to address while at home – if you’re heading back to college – or before the school year’s busyness sets it.
  • Check tires: You should also check your tire treads and pressure. If your tire treads are overly-worn, you will want to consider getting a new set of tires, especially if you plan on driving long distances back to college. You will also want to check your tire pressure, as tire pressure affects your control, handling, and fuel efficiency while on the road, and causes your tires to wear unevenly.
  • Clean it inside and out: A new school year is like a fresh start, so start the year off right be cleaning out your vehicle’s interior and washing its exterior.

The best way to get your car ready for back to school is to schedule a service appointment at Hardin County Honda and let our professional technicians take care of it. Give us a call today so you can stop worrying about your car and start thinking ahead to school instead!

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

spring cleaning tips for her car
Scrub a dub dub…

With spring in the air, it’s time to clean, but you don’t have to limit deep-cleaning to your house. Here are some spring cleaning tips for getting a shiny, like-new car.

 

Start inside

A good clean comes from the inside out. Start by pulling out all the trash and other items you’ve left in the car for long periods of time, then scrub any dirt out of the nooks and crannies of your vehicle. Be sure to work from top to bottom, in order to avoid cleaning something twice.

 

Wash your mats and vacuum

We have no idea how much grime we drag into our car via the bottoms of our shoes. Your mats need some love, so power wash them and then vacuum the floors of your car.

 

Tires and undercarriage

These two components accumulate a lot of dirt and sludge during winter. When washing the outside of your vehicle, make sure you don’t miss these two crucial parts of your car.

 

Hand wash the exterior

Instead of going through a car wash, hand-washing is a gentler option that can allow you to get all the gritty details. Be sure to manually dry the car instead of letting it air dry to avoid spots.

 

Clean the windows last

The dirt from washing other parts of the vehicle can get on your windows, so clean them last and use a microfiber cloth to dry, for a clearer surface.

 

Hopefully these spring cleaning tips from us here at Hardin County Honda will help you achieve a better-looking and longer-lasting vehicle.