Can you believe it? We’re thinking about the Fall already – the days are getting shorter and we are looking ahead to 2018 vehicles that are ready to hit the lot. Yet, the time is here to think about how you can prepare your car for the Fall. If you’re not in the market for a new set of wheels (yet), it’s more important than ever to take care of your vehicle now so, when the time comes to sell or trade-in those wheels, you’ll be ready to get the best bang for your buck.

That’s why we’re sharing our tips on preparing your vehicle for the Fall. Not only will it breathe some fresh air into your ride, it can help you protect your investment in the long-run.

Here are 5 ways you can prepare your car for the Fall.

1. Check your fluids.

When it comes to getting your vehicle ready for the Fall and into the winter, you must check your fluids. From oil changes to washer fluids, make sure everything has been replenished.

It’s important to take your car in for maintenance before the weather becomes cooler. Your trusted mechanic can check any problem areas and replenish these fluids.

2. Keep an eye on your tire pressure.

Did you know that changing temperatures can condense or expand air in your tires? This means that cooler weather can leave you with lower tire pressure (not good). Keep an eye on this as the weather turns.

3. Have all of the proper emergency items.

What happens if you run out of fuel on the highway in the Fall or Winter and you don’t have emergency lights, go-to snacks, blankets and more? You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle (we’ll cover this in our next blog) to protect yourself should you spend some time in your car unexpectedly.

4. Check your brakes.

Whoa Nelly! When the weather changes, fluid isn’t the only part of your vehicle that can be impacted. Your brakes will go from warm weather to potentially cool air and chills. Make sure your brakes have been checked by a professional. Click here to learn more about brake checks and safety.

5. Check that heater.

You’ve been relying on your AC for the last few months, but does your heat still function properly? Especially if you’re driving an older vehicle, you’ll want to check this out. Check your heaters, defrosters and air circulation. Address any concerns you have.

We love the Fall in Waterloo, and our vehicles should love it, too. When approaching the cooler weather, make sure you prepare your car for the Fall. You’ll thank us when the Winter approaches!