Save Money, Prevent Winter Wear and Tear

By: Castlegar Toyota   |   16 Feb 2017
Man stuck on side of the road in the winter

Winter can be a beautiful season. The snow falls on the trees and postcard-quality scenes are endless as you are driving through Southern B.C. Your vehicle probably doesn’t quite see it that way. While you’re taking in the scenery, your car, truck, van or SUV is taking on the Winter elements.

Ice, salt, sand, hail, freezing rain and sub-zero temperatures are going to take their toll on your vehicle. Here’s the scariest part: Winter isn’t over yet.

How do I prevent Winter Wear and Tear on My Vehicle?

Regular Maintenance

Most experts agree the best way to keep your vehicle running properly during the Winter months is to maintain your vehicle regularly. Consistent visits to a service centre like Castlegar Toyota’s means you’ll have a trained eye looking out for any significant wear and tear on your vehicle. They’ll give you professional advice on what needs to be done, what can wait and how you can avoid Winter wear and tear in the future.

Fix Chips Immediately

Gravel, salt, rocks and other road debris can cause chips and scratches during the Winter months. It’s important to get these unfortunate chips and scratches fixed as soon as possible. According to the British Columbia Automotive Association, “The best preventive measure you can take to protect your car is to stay on top of repairing paint chips and scratches. If left untreated, exposed metal will rust resulting in greater vehicle damage. Contact Castlegar Toyota to have any chips or scratches on your own vehicle fixed today.

Idling is a No-No

It’s cold outside, we know. But sitting in your vehicle for extended periods of time while it idles can have a negative impact on your car, truck or SUV’s performance. AutoBlog published an article saying, “Engines aren't designed to sit idling for long periods of time; idle too long and a buildup can develop on your spark plugs, which can make them less efficient.” When possible, avoid letting your vehicle idle for too long during the winter months, you’ll thank yourself in the long run.

Do you have any questions about automotive repairs and maintenance? Contact our service team today - they’re always happy to answer your questions. To book a Winter Maintenance Appointment, book online or give us a call at (877) 790-3796.


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