Your family’s car is a necessity that helps everyone keep up with their busy schedules. Taking your children to school, driving to work, and carting groceries would be next to impossible without a trustworthy car. But, upkeep is key—not just for your family's safety, but to prevent accidents and potential lawsuits.
For today’s family, a car is a blessing. But it can be a curse, too. The cost of upkeep and maintenance for car owners in North Carolina adds up fast. And, unfortunately, an unexpected repair could wipe out your savings in a snap. Or worse, if your driving or lack of maintenance causes an accident—the costs you may incur in litigation or legal fees could be catastrophic.
Keeping your auto in tiptop shape, will help protect you and your family from harm—and help you avoid those unexpected costs or unwanted legal fees.
There are a few simple things you can do now to help save you time, stress, and financial strain later:
Keep your car clean
One of the best maintenance stops you can make for your car is at your local car wash. It’s cheap, fast, and easy. No matter the season, keeping your car’s interior and exterior clean is essential. Mud or snow (and salt) buildup contribute to scratches and rust on your car’s exterior. And no one likes beach sand or grass clippings in their car’s interior.
Luckily, you have lots of options at every price point:
- Do-it-yourself car washes allow you to run the show and power wash and vacuum your own car at a low price.
- Automatic car washes are popular at many gas stations and basic auto service centers. A step up from the DIY variety, in this car wash you simply drive onto a conveyor belt, put your car in neutral and let a machine do the rest. Streams of water and brushes remove the dirt before you move on to the water spot-busting air dryer.
- Automatic “touchless” car washes are yet another step up. Much like the drive-up option provided in automatic car washes, in this type of wash your car is never “touched” by the machine washing, rinsing, or drying it—lessening the chance of your car getting scratched.
- Auto detailing professionals provide a full-service “spa” treatment for your car. Detailing pros carefully scrub every inch of your car—inside and out—so when you drive away, you feel like you’re in a brand new car.
Get regular service check-ups
From monthly oil changes to manufacturer-suggested tune-ups, your car needs regular check-ups, just as you do with your doctor. The car dealer who sold you your car can suggest reliable service providers. Additionally, word of mouth from friends and family can lead you to a trusted mechanic.
Additionally, it’s always good to stay on top of any car warranties tied to your car. Again, your dealer can help you track if your airbags, seatbelts, brakes, and more may have been part of a recall or safety alert.
A few proactive tips to also keep in mind, include:
- Refer to your car’s manual for a suggested maintenance schedule outlined by your automaker. This will include seasonal checklists and recommendations for mileage service check-ins.
- Once your new car battery turns three years old, have it tested annually by a pro.
- Check your tire pressure monthly.
- Schedule regular oil changes, and have your service provider check key automotive filters and fluids as well.
- Be sure you schedule a multi-point vehicle inspection before a road trip.
- Check your wiper blades regularly, to ensure they’re working properly.
- Frequently check your front and taillights, and brake lights.
Know what to do when things go wrong
No matter how carefully you maintain your car, eventually, something will go wrong. Your check engine light may go on. A tire may just stop holding air. Or, worse—something may malfunction while you’re driving and lead to an accident or a distracted driving mishap.
If that does happen, take a deep breath. We’ve got you covered! Give us a call at (888) 253-4071 to learn more about our services and how we can help offer legal guidance if you’ve been in a car accident. We’re here to help you find a successful resolution to your legal needs.
Note: This blog is intended to be informational only and shall not be construed as legal advice.