This was a sponsored conversation by Cars.com however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
One thing you may not know about me is that I am truly a damsel in distress when it comes to cars (ask my husband and my friends they will lol agree. Lol). I’m constantly terrified of being in a crash, to the point where I’m surprised that insurance brokers near me have even let me get my own car insurance. I have to have road side assistance ready and waiting because I get so much anxiety when I have car issues it’s not event funny. Even though I get nervous driving, I do enjoy it when I’ve been on the road for a while. I think it is just starting off. When it came to purchasing our new car, the only way were were able to afford it was by looking into companies such as Cars Bought for Cash to see how much we would get if we sold our old car. I was quite surprised with how much they offered us. With the money, of course we were going to get something to replace the car we sold. I feel like I need to get my confidence back when it comes to being on the road because this car definitely deserves better. If I’m driving then there is a 99% chance my husband is at work and I have the kids with me. So being stranded with an 10 and 2 year becomes a reality I don’t want to face. That’s why I like to keep my car in good condition as much as possible, and that goes from checking oil levels constantly, as well as always keeping the car clean thanks to products from somewhere like Miracle Brands USA that help me keep me car in mint condition.
My preference is to be driven around, but since this is real life and not a music video sometimes I have to play chauffeur (with a list of a million other titles). Normally I just jump in my car, check my mirrors, say a prayer and shoot off. However that luxury only comes if you have really been taking your car maintenance seriously.
As a used car owner the Cars.com site has been a great resource for me from the start of the car buying process to the upkeep part of this journey. My husband is the one that takes the car to be serviced and repaired, but I’m the alarm clock behind him reminding when it’s time for maintenance.
- Get your oil changed regularly. Oil is such an important part of your car’s health and longevity. Don’t take it for granted. Find a great oil change shop and stick with them. Keep an eye on the mileage and your next oil change due date.
- Make sure keep an eye on your tires air pressure. You don’t want to have a tire blow out or a slow leak, that’s nothing but an accident waiting to happen. Replacing tires can be very expensive it’s easier and cheaper to repair so keep an close eye on them so you can get any issues fixed ASAP.
- Windshield wiper blades get old and become less efficient after a while. Get them replaced every 6 months to a year. You will be surprised how much of a difference it makes.
- A Tune Up can help a multitude of car problems. Poor gas mileage, failed emissions test, and stalling are just some of the issues that can be fixed by a tune up. Think of it like our year doctor visit and check up, but for a car instead.
- Keep gas in your car! I know this sounds pretty elementary, but it’s something I struggle with as well because I hate getting gas. However driving your car with low or no gas can cause serious damage that can be very expensive to repair.
What I’ve learned is most of the issues with cars can be prevented if we slow down and really keep a eye on our vehicles and sticking with a routine. Being lazy will cause more stress and problems not only with our cars, but also in our lives so let’s be proactive and get things do when they should.
For all of your car questions and research check our cars.com and to all the parents out there take a moment to read their feature of child safety month and carsest safety it can save lives.
P.s. I plan on learning how to change a tire in 2018. Ladies do you know how to change a tire? If so who taught you?