fall-leaves-carOctober is Fall Car Care Month. The fall season means fewer hours of daylight and upcoming holiday travel. Before hitting the road, it is a wise idea to make sure your vehicle is safe, dependable and on the road longer. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, here’s a list of some of the things from the Car Care Council to check in your car before you hit the road:

  • Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, lose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Check to see that vehicle lights are in proper working order.
  • Check the battery and replace if necessary. Make sure the connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

Preventive maintenance ensures safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe weather strikes. After maintenance and repairs and you find yourself in the market for a new car, a used car or if you’re selling a car, Metro Credit Union can help you get more for your money. Contact us to learn more about our auto loan specials.  Our goal is to help you get the best deal possible, whether you finance with us or not. We’ll use our resources to determine if you’re paying a fair price for a new or used vehicle, whether you’re getting the maximum out of your trade, and determine if your loan rate is competitive. Start your car buying experience with someone you trust, your credit union, and you’ll be driving off before we can say, “Hit the road, Jack!”

Be Care Care Aware: http://www.carcare.org/2015/09/october-fall-car-care-month-10-steps-keep-car-running/