Are you Guilty of Any of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes?

common car maintenance mistakes

Whether your car is brand new or has been on the road for years, it’s always to make a habit of performing routine maintenance before any problems arise. Are you making any of these common car maintenance mistakes? If so, changing your habits could save you a lot of money down the road.

 

Air Filters

 

Most drivers know they should regularly change their car’s oil, but many drivers never think about the importance of changing their car’s air filter. Doing once or twice a year is an inexpensive way to keep your car in good shape.

 

Tires

 

For a lot of drivers, if a tire isn’t flat, it’s fine. But driving with improperly inflated tires can also cause a number of issues, such as uneven tire wear and reduced fuel economy and overall performance.

 

Fluids

 

Your car relies on several crucial fluids for optimal performance. You should regularly check on and replace coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid to keep your car’s engine in good shape.

 

Warning Lights

 

Finally, it’s best not to ignore any dashboard warning lights that illuminate in your car. Often, these lights signal the beginning of a problem that is easy to fix right away, but difficult and costly if addressed later on.

 

For more information about how to keep your car running in top condition, contact our service department at Midwest Superstore.

Five Things to Look for When Buying a Used Car

If you’re thinking of buying a used car from Midwest Superstore, you’re making a great choice. Our inventory is always packed with affordable options in excellent conditions. These tips will show you what you need to look for when picking the right used car for your needs.

buying a used car

Vehicle Identification Number

The VIN can usually be found on the vehicle’s dashboard in front of the driver’s seat. This number can be used to run a vehicle history report, which will tell you all about the vehicle, including its accident history.

A Smooth Ride

Test driving a used vehicle will help you determine the vehicle’s driving condition. Use all of your senses; listen for any noises, watch for any smells, and feel to see whether the ride is smooth.

An Undamaged Interior

Look carefully at the interior of a used car to make sure you’re aware of its condition before signing on the dotted line.

An Undamaged Exterior

Perform the same careful examination of the vehicle’s exterior, looking closely for any dents, scratches, or rust spots that might cause you problems later on.

The Features You Want

Before you start shopping for a used car, you need to decide what types of features you want. Whether you prioritize safety, connectivity, capability, or all three, knowing what you need helps us help you find the perfect fit.

Visit us at Midwest Superstore to browse our full inventory of used vehicles.

Things You Should Keep in Your Car

We’re all hopeful that spring is on its way as we head into March, but that doesn’t mean you should get too relaxed about your emergency kit. There are a lot of things you should keep in your car no matter what time of year it is, so we’ve put together a list of some winter and early spring essentials.

things you should keep in your car

No matter what time of year it is, you should always have essentials like non-perishable, dry foods that won’t go bad in heat or cold, bottled water, blankets, and a change of clothes in case you get caught in the rain or snow. A water filter is also a smart choice if you’re going camping in case you struggle to find clean water.

Make sure you have a few necessary electronics, too, like a spare cell phone that’s fully charged and a flashlight. A spare tire is important, and you’ll also want something that helps you dig yourself out of snow and mud such as cat litter or salt. And don’t forget cash and coins! You may need to use a pay phone or go somewhere that doesn’t take cards, so keep some spare change on hand.

If you’re on the hunt for a new vehicle to start off your spring, give us a call or stop by Midwest Superstore.