Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

As we put winter behind us, it’s time to look forward to warm weather and salt-free roads. With sunny days and a bright, blue sky comes the motivation to clean, leading many people to deep clean their homes in the spring. But what about your car? After the hard winter months, it likely needs a good wash too, and we’ve put together these spring cleaning tips for your car to help you out.

Exterior cleaning

There are a number of things you should do to clean the exterior of your car:

  • Wash the entire body with a carwash product. Use two buckets — one for clean, soapy water and the other for dirty rinse water.
  • Scrub your tires. Use a firm brush and tire-cleaning spray.
  • Clean the underbody with a hose.
  • Dry the body with a clean, microfiber towel.

Interior cleaning

When you’re done with the exterior, move on to the interior (although it doesn’t really matter which order you do it in).

  • Remove all the clutter in the car.
  • Vacuum the rugs, floor mats, seats, and trunk.
  • Use a cleaning spray and microfiber cloth to clean the dash and console, as well as other non-seating and non-leather surfaces.
  • For leather upholstery, use an approved cleaning agent.
  • Clean the windows by applying glass cleaner directly onto cloth.
  • Clean the floor mats, even if you’ve vacuumed them. Use carpet cleaner on carpet floor mats, and soapy water on rubber mats.

When you’re done cleaning the car, the next step is to take it to Midwest Superstore to make sure all of the mechanical parts are in good working order!

How to Start Saving Up for a Car

A vehicle is one of the most important purchases you’ll make, but gathering the funds you need can be daunting. Fortunately, though, saving up for a car doesn’t have to be painful when you follow these tips.

Make regular deposits and start early

A sizable down payment on a car can make your monthly payments more manageable. An easy way to get the down payment you need is to start saving early, taking a little bit from every paycheck and putting it into a savings account that is designated specifically for your vehicle funds. Small deposits over a long period of time make the process much more manageable.

Increase your income and reduce your expenses

Easier said than done, right? But when saving for a car, every little bit helps. Consider getting a side hustle, even if it only nets you an extra $100 a week. Also cut out unnecessary expenses, like a daily coffee or eating out.

Don’t forget your trade-in

If you currently own a car, that can go a lot way when purchasing your next vehicle. Keep it in good shape so that you will make more when you sell it or trade it in.

By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to affording your next ride. You can also speak with our finance experts here at Midwest Superstore to learn more about the best solutions for financing a vehicle.

New Tech for Old Cars: How to Update Your Tired Ride

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but you can definitely trick out an old vehicle with new advanced features. If that’s what you’d like to do, you’ll find plenty of new tech for old cars to bring your outdated ride into the new decade — or even century.

Install a Rearview Camera

Rearview cameras have been around for a few years now, and now they’re required as standard equipment on new cars. Even if you have an older car, you can still get one as well. Rearview cameras are reasonably affordable and easy to install.

Add Seat Heaters

Seats that keep you warm in the winter and even have massagers to keep your back from hurting on long drives are the height of vehicle luxury today. And luckily, there are plenty of ways to add these features to your older car. It’s as easy as getting a heated massaging seat cover or cushion and plugging it into your USB port or cigarette lighter.

Get a New Stereo

If you’re not happy with your stereo, you can always upgrade to a new one. There are tons of aftermarket stereos on the market. Try finding one with Bluetooth® capabilities so you can sync your phone to the sound system.

If you’re ready to give your older ride an upgrade, visit our service department at Midwest Superstore and we’ll be glad to help you order and install the accessories you want.

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.