You probably know you’re supposed to do something with your car to get it ready for winter. But what exactly are you supposed to do?
Everyone may give you different advice, so how do you know who to trust?
“Taking your car to a franchise dealership is the surefire way to get reliable service from factory-trained technicians who know your make and model better than anyone and have the dealer-level diagnostic tools,” explains Steve Magown, manager of the Fraser Valley Auto Mall.
“It’s cheaper than you think to have your vehicle properly serviced at a recognized dealership.”
Here are seven things Magown suggests you get checked before winter puts you in the ditch:
- Tires —If you’re planning to drive beyond the lower mainland, most B.C. highways require you to have winter tires from Oct. 1 and Apr. 30. But winter tires aren’t just for mountain passes. Did you know the softer rubber and deeper treads can also help keep you safe in Fraser Valley’s wet winters? Ask your dealer for advice tailored to your vehicle and specific driving habits.
- Brakes —Flying down the freeway or skidding over the Sea-to-Sky is not the time to find out that your brakepads are down to the bone. Before you hit black ice, hit the Fraser Valley Auto Mall to make sure everything’s aligned.
- Lights —Winter means bad weather, but it also means less light. Have your dealer replace bulbs or clear up foggy headlights so you can see the road ahead —and drivers can see you.
- Wipers —Wipers (and washer fluid) are essential in a winter storm. Replacing them yourself can be frustrating, so why not get your dealer to handle it the next time you’re in for a tune-up?
- Air Conditioning —A/C? In winter? You read that right. Air conditioning is an effective dehumidifyer, which means you’ll want your system in working order for a speedy defrost.
- Battery —It’s no secret that batteries don’t like colder weather. Ever notice how your phone dies when you pull it out at the hockey rink? Ask your dealer to test your battery before you get stranded.
- Tire Pressure —Wild temperature fluctuations can wreak havoc on your tire pressure. Driving on tires that are over- or under-inflated can negatively affect your traction. Next time you stop by the Fraser Valley Auto Mall, ask your dealer about picking up a pressure gauge so you can keep an eye on your P.S.I.
Beat the Winter Rush
Don’t wait until the first snowfall to get your car winter-ready. Visit the Fraser Valley Auto Mall today to beat the crowds and be prepared. Take advantage of Black Friday deals while you’re at it! Cruise the calming one-way loop of all the major dealerships, and stay safe on the roads this winter.