New Year’s Car Resolutions

by Don Elliott on December 29, 2011

Resolve: To visit a new car dealer in 2012. Not everybody likes the idea of shopping for a new car. However, the car manufacturers have some exciting products and are being very aggressive about finding ways to get your attention. Check out some of the new models and features that may not have been available when you bought your last car. Take a test drive to boost your spirits. Smell the new car smell. You might be surprised at what sitting in a new car can do for your attitude.

Resolve: To better maintain your current car. Poor maintenance can reduce your used car value more quickly than you might expect. Spend a little money on car maintenance at a car repair shop. It will pay off in the long run.

  • Check the oil level every third fill-up
  • Change the oil every 3000-5000 miles
  • Rotate the tires at each oil change
  • Check the anti-freeze/coolant level every third fill-up
  • Change the windshield wipers twice per year
  • Clean the car inside and outside regularly

Resolve: To spend a day at an auto auction. No really! A public auto auction can be a great place to share an experience with a teenage driver or to get a feel of what cars cost. You don’t have to buy a car or even participate in the bidding to feel the rush of the auto auction environment.

Resolve: To reevaluate your car insurance. Take advantage of a very competitive insurance industry by looking at the insurance coverage on your car. Safe drivers discounts, bundled coverage, deductibles, and multi-car coverage can reduce your insurance bill more now than ever before.

Resolve: To eliminate texting and driving. This writer is not a big fan of government intervention in the activities of its citizens. We shouldn’t need the government to point out that texting and driving is just a bad idea. Do less texting while driving to keep your car shiny side up!

Resolve: To improve fuel economy. There are several ways to improve fuel economy in 2012. One way would be to buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle. If that is not likely, you can improve the gas mileage on your current car by keeping your tires inflated to the correct pressure. Use the cruise control whenever possible and avoid fast starts. Keep the engine and transmission maintained for peak performance.

Resolve: To find a good auto repair shop before you need it. If you don’t have one already, find an auto repair shop and/or mechanic who will do regular work on your vehicles. A good mechanic that you trust and who knows your car will give you the proper repair advice. This will add car value and save you a few bucks in the process.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!


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