Car Cleaning Tips to Get Your Ready for Summer
When you’re summerizing your car, you need to follow the right cleaning tips and make sure you perform all the proper checks. This should mean:
- Laying Down Plastic Mats
- Not Sticking to Visible Areas
- Making Cleaning Products Accessible
- Checking Coolant Levels
- Changing the Tires
- Checking the Brakes
Lay Down Plastic Mats
The best offense is a good defense, so grab some inexpensive rubber floor mats that can be wiped down or replaced easily. You should also consider finding some removable plastic mats for your storage nooks — they’re great for those areas that are commonly tough to reach.
Don’t Stick to Visible Areas
Instead of only cleaning the visible areas, pick up the mats, lift or remove seats, and get right into the gaps between cushions. Those areas collect crumbs, which tend to redistribute themselves as you drive to make the cabin feel messier than ever.
Make Cleaning Products Accessible
Plenty of people pop some tissues and cleaning products in the car to sort spills before they become stains. Problem is, those items are usually too out of the way. Pick up some dispensers that can fit between the seat and central console.
Check Coolant Levels
Your spring car cleaning checklist should be about more than making the cabin bright and shiny. Your cooling system will be more important than ever during the summer, so prepare yours by having the radiator, hoses, and coolant levels checked.
Change the Tires
Mounting summer tires provides superior handling, enhanced fuel efficiency, and greater speed since they have less-aggressive treads and shorter sidewalls. If you don’t want to bother with summer and winter tires, at least make sure you have some all-season tires.
Check the Brakes
Summer often holds its fair share of rain and thunder, but people often forget to check the brakes before temperatures start to rise. Look behind each tire and wheel to check for any signs of visible damage. If you suspect the brakes might be worn, it’s time to visit a professional — remember, hot weather increases the temperature of your braking system and can cause the brake pads to wear down faster.
Find Your Next Car from the CarHop Inventory
If you’re looking to upgrade instead of spring clean, turn to a Buy Here Pay Here dealership to find your next road trip-ready pre-owned vehicle. CarHop has locations all over — why not take a look at our used car inventory?