How to Protect Your Car this Fall

October 25th, 2014 by

McCluskey Chevrolet is one of the top Cincinnati used car dealers. Part of what has earned us that reputation is our dedication to selling some of the highest quality previously owned vehicles, and ensuring that they are in top shape before we sell them. When you buy a car with us, it will look and run nearly as good as new.

Many people around Cincinnati are loving the fall weather because the temperatures are cooler and the leaves are turning, creating lovely scenery. However, the fall can also pose a number of risks to your vehicle from damaging the exterior to gumming up the engine.

After you buy your used car from McCluskey, you’ll need to take the right steps to maintain it all year long and protect your investment. Here are a few things you can do to protect your car throughout the fall:

Get It Detailed

The long, hot summer can be hard on your car. Sand and salt from the beach, bugs, and bird droppings can all build up on your paint, leading to corrosion if left untreated. The salt and sand can also get rubbed into your carpets. Investing in professional car detailing can remove all of these corrosive elements and make sure your car is in top shape going into fall.

A good waxing will also make it easier to remove tree sap, bugs and other debris that can build up on your car in the fall.

Remove Debris Regularly

One of the biggest threats to your vehicle during the fall are leaves. Just over the course of a single night, leaves can blanket the floor — and your car. If you just leave them on your car, the leaves can break down and get into your engine, your air filter and more. The leaves can impair your car’s performance or even cause problems in the engine.

Keep Your Car Covered

Even if you remove leaves regularly, your car can still become victim to falling acorns, sap and more. These are things you can’t easily remove with your hands. Instead, you can protect your car by keeping it covered all season long. Either invest in a specialty car cover, or keep your car parked in the garage or under a carport.

When you shop one of the top Cincinnati used car dealers, you can get a great car at a great price. What happens to that car after you drive off the lot is up to you. Taking these simple steps can keep your car protected all fall long, ensuring the paint job stays pristine and the engine keeps performing as well as always.