Before you head over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday season, make sure your car is up for the challenge. Here is our road trip pre-departure checklist to make sure you don’t find yourself stranded while everyone else is enjoying the party.
“The last thing anyone wants during the holiday season is to break down miles from home in the middle of nowhere,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “It’s always a wise idea to have your vehicle checked out before you leave home to identify any potential problems that can be serviced before your holiday journey.”
Check your tires. Be sure to check your tire pressure and tire tread to make sure they are in good shape before hitting the road. Not only does the safety of your passengers (and yourself) depend on it, but you’ll also improve your car’s efficiency.
Check your batteries. If your battery is nearing the end of its useful life, you’ll want to get it replaced before you leave. Frigid temperatures will only magnify any problems the battery has, possibly even leaving you stranded with a car that won’t start.
Check your fluids. Check your engine oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid, power-steering fluid, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid.
Check your windshield wipers and lights. Finally, ensure that your windshield wipers effectively clear your windshield without leaving distracting streaks, and check all the lights, including the interior lights, headlights, high beams, blinkers, reverse lights, and brake lights.
An inevitable part of car ownership is car repair. While most owners expect a few repairs as their vehicle grows old, new car repairs can have drivers caught off guard.
For those of you who have purchase a new Chevy, you’re vehicle is backed by a 3 year or 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage – so new car repairs may not worry you too much. However; it still good to know what type of new car repairs to be on the lookout for. Below is a short list of some of the most common new car repairs.
Remote Keyless Entry – That’s right, as convenient as it can be to unlock your door while you have a hand full of groceries, this is also one of the top repairs for owners.
Battery – While batteries aren’t meant to last forever, some drivers may forget to check these in particularly harsh weather or hard driving conditions. According to J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), original owners of three-year-old vehicles ranked this as the most frequent new car repair.
Exterior lights (excluding headlight components) – 3.4% of new car owners recorded that they needed to change taillight, brake light, and/or turn signal lights during the early years of car ownership.
Tire-Pressure Monitoring System – Knowing just how much air is in your tires is critical and often overlooked safety feature. 1.8% of new vehicle owners reported to J.D. Power that they had to have repairs done on this system.
While we hope your vehicle always runs smoothly, we’re also here for when it’s not. If you come across these or any other issues with your car, stop by our service department and talk to our outstanding service staff. They’ll be sure to take care of you.