Winter is coming. Are your family’s vehicles ready?

Check out these 7 things your dealer can do to get your car ready for winter

Beat the winter rush! Visit the Fraser Valley Auto Mall to get your car winter-ready and take advantage of Black Friday deals.

Beat the winter rush! Visit the Fraser Valley Auto Mall to get your car winter-ready and take advantage of Black Friday deals.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Just Posted

Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. Statistics Canada says the country's crime rate ticked up again in 2018, for a fourth year in a row, though it was still lower than it was a decade ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
CRIME STOPPERS: ‘Most wanted’ for the week of March 7

Crime Stoppers’ weekly list based on information provided by police investigators

Sarah De Klein and her family have created a team – one of many – for the Move4Communitas fitness challenge and fundraiser. (Submitted photo)
Communitas in Abbotsford holds virtual fitness challenge

Move4Communitas started March 1 and runs for 8 weeks

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Retired Mission teacher and star CFL kicker charged for assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Alan Sweet taught in school district for 10 years, investigators seeking further witnesses

Members of the Abbotsford Community Action Team include (from left) Bev Olfert, Rebecca Tice, Tally Clement, Const. Mary Boonstra, Mandy Aujla, Wanda Phillips and Devinder Dherari-Sidhu. (Submitted photo)
Abbotsford group raises awareness about sexual exploitation of youth

Community Action Team uses posters, stickers and online information

The driver of a pickup truck failed to stop after knocking down a wooden fence on March 3, 2021. (screen grab)
VIDEO: Footage catches pick-up driver smashing fence on Abbotsford/Langley border

Driver came forward after video circulated on social media

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The family of injured Willoughby resident Ronald Gerald Jesso is hoping someone saw something that will help solve the mystery of how he came to be so badly hurt on the morning of Feb. 22. Jesso is still in hospital. (Jesso family/Special to Langley Advance Times)
An appeal to help solve the mystery of an injured Langley man

Family of Ronald Gerald Jesso asks witnesses to come forward

Most Read