Give your car a fresh start with this New Year’s car maintenance checklist. Continue reading to learn more. 

Car Maintenance Checklist

Check Those Fluids

Maintaining adequate levels of fluids is the first step in preserving the mechanisms and systems in your car. Oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant must be checked, monitored, and replaced when necessary to ensure everything in your car runs as expected for years to come. 

If you are unfamiliar with how to check the fluid levels in your car, schedule a quick inspection. A qualified technician will check your fluids along with the filters and lines, recommend a maintenance schedule for you to follow based on the make and model of your car, and explain common signs to look out for if fluids become depleted. 

Perform a Monthly Tires Inspection

Goldsboro is no stranger to icy roads. Double check that your tires and brakes are equipped to handle any winter road conditions you may encounter on your daily commute. 

First, inspect the tread of your tires. If the tread is less than 4/32” then it’s time to start shopping for new tires. If there is adequate tread left and you don’t see any visible wear or damage on the sidewalls, then your tires should be good to go. Note that in colder temperatures, you’ll need to check the tire pressure more often as the cold air outside your tires will compress the air within your tires. 

Detail and Wash Your Car

A clean car is a happy car. Salt from the roads will take its toll over the course of the winter so start the year off right by scheduling a car wash or detail. This will stop any abrasive salts or dirt from wearing down the protective clear coat of your car’s exterior and will help to avoid rust building up in the undercarriage. Use a specialized cleaner to scrub away any salt from the exterior lights so you can maintain clear visibility and be seen by other drivers. 

Upgrade Your Car in Goldsboro, NC

If you’re ready to head into 2021 with a new set of wheels, visit Matthews Motors Goldsboro. We have an impressive inventory of used cars for sale in Goldsboro, NC. Our Trade-In Trade Up program will help you cover the cost of your next car. Value your trade today and drop by our dealership to see which car is right for you.