Whether your vehicle is brand new or years old; no one likes to receive notices of recall about their cars.
Even if the recall doesn’t “seem” to affect your vehicle; getting the necessary updates done is essential. Recalls can not only affect the resale value of your vehicle, but also personal, passenger and general road safety.
Not sure if you’re vehicle’s been recalled? Check out this easy to use Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls Database.
Consider as well that if you purchased your car used, you may not have received the recall notice.
Be proactive about your vehicular maintenance. Taking care of all recalls will help provide you with peace of mind when your family is on the road.
It’s the time of year when many of us are spending more time ‘out and about’… at the grocery store preparing for holiday meals, starting to shop for holiday gifts and meeting with friends and co-workers for holiday gatherings.
When we’re out more the chances of returning to find our vehicle has a fresh door ding also increases. While usually not causing enough damage for an insurance claim, door dings are very irritating and affect the appearance and even resale value of your vehicle.
Tips to avoid door dings
The best advice is to park far away – it only takes a few extra minutes to your day to park in a less congested area and the odds of someone parking next to your vehicle decreases. Parking straight in spots will help put the maximum distance between your car and the vehicle next to it.
Be aware of your surroundings, look for:
- Vehicles with car seats – in order to get a child into a car seat, the door must be fully extended, increasing the change of a door ding.
- Poorly cared for cars – the odds are if someone doesn’t care about the condition of their vehicle, they aren’t going to care about dinging or scratching yours.
- Vehicles with only 2 doors – in order for a passenger to crawl into the backseat, the door must be fully extended and it may come in contact with your car.
- Wind direction – wind can fling open car doors, if possible, try to park facing into the wind.
- Parallel park whenever possible – although many people try to avoid tricky parallel parking, not having a vehicle next to you will ensure no dings or scratches.
- Shopping cart corrals – parking near cart corrals increases your chances of getting a ding. Often shoppers are rushed, distracted or are not paying attention when putting shopping carts away.
Of course if possible, leave your car at home – try walking, biking or using public transportation. If you do have a safe parking spot try running all your errands without moving your vehicle.
In the end, an occasional door dent may be inevitable. But by doing your part, you can better avoid the cost and frustration of a car repair.
Our vehicles really took a beating this winter with the record low temperatures and rough road conditions, and soon we’ll be switching off the heating system and turning on the air conditioning.
Debris from the fall and winter may have entered the front grill area of your vehicle. To more efficiently keep your vehicle cool in the warm summer months, air needs to push through the front vents. Blocked vents can lead to your car overheating which can not only decrease its efficiency, but also cause expensive damage to your vehicle’s systems.
Have your vehicle serviced before the heat of the summer arrives to ensure it’s running as its best.