The changeover to 2018 is fast approaching, so why not create a New Year’s resolution to keep your car in great shape? According to Bankrate.com, regularly maintaining your car can save you over $8000 in costly repairs and increase the lifespan of your vehicle. If that’s not an incentive to take care of your car, we don’t know what is! Be sure to consider these valuable car care tips as you create your upcoming resolution for the new year.
Track Your Maintenance
Life is hectic. Many drivers don’t keep track of their recommended car maintenance schedule. However, there are several inexpensive apps that can keep a record of your maintenance logs and send you reminders when it’s time to service your car. Check out these apps, and choose the one that works best for you.
If you use the adapter, Dash will automatically track your mileage and alert you at certain intervals. For example, when you’ve driven 5000 miles and need an oil change, Dash sends you a notification to visit your local service center.
If you choose not to use the adapter, you can still manually enter your mileage and get reminders.
Dash keeps a log of all previous maintenance logs, too, so you’ll always have access to your service logs. It can also monitor your driving habits and offer you tips to improve performance and fuel efficiency.
Setting Dash up is easy and straightforward, but if you want a walkthrough, there are detailed instructions available online.
AUTOsist is available for Android and iOS devices. This app makes marking and tracking your service logs quick and easy. You simply scan a picture of your receipt, and AUTOsist adds it to your log. You can schedule reminders for future service reminders, too.
These two car maintenance apps are but a few of the options on your device’s app store, so be sure to check around for others.
Altima Sub-Floor Organizer – Photo: parts.nissanusa.com
Protect Your Car with High-Quality Genuine Nissan Accessories
Nissan offers plenty of quality accessories to enhance your vehicle’s safety, convenience, and organization. These authentic accessories are not only made from high-quality materials, but they are also designed to fit perfectly with your specific Nissan model. (Best yet, you can buy genuine Nissan accessories at our Red Bank Nissan dealer.) Here are a few Nissan accessory ideas to get you started:
- Spills and messes are inevitable, but Nissan offers a convenient and compact Travel Clean-Up Kitto make cleaning up simpler.
- The Emergency Road Kit keeps everything you need to stay safe during an emergency in a single, zippered nylon bag.
- Several Nissan car organizers are available to maximize your storage space, like the Trunk Sub-Floor Organizer Tray for the Altima. It even has a special compartment for your Emergency Road Kit, so you always know exactly where it is.
- With a genuine Nissan Trunk Net, you never have to worry about your Navel oranges rolling all over the place.
- No one thinks their car will get stolen, but according to the FBI, more than 765,000 cars are taken or burglarized every year. You can rest easy, though, when you install Nissan’s Vehicle Tracking and Recovery System. It tracks your vehicle’s location in real-time using GPS, and it automatically notifies the police if the unthinkable does happen.
If you need a particular Nissan part or accessory installed, be sure to ask our Red Bank Nissan dealer for advice.
Life Hacks for Red Bank’s Winter Weather
Winter in New Jersey can be unpredictable, and you never know when you might find yourself stranded on the side of the road during a snowstorm. In addition to a Nissan emergency road kit, it’s a good idea to add a few extra items, as well. These tips can make getting stranded a little less uncomfortable:
- Keep protein-rich food, snacks, and extra water in the trunk. If you get stranded during a time when the tow trucks are busy, it could take a while for help to arrive. These non-perishable foods could be life-saving if you are diabetic, take medication, have kids, or travel with your pets regularly.
- A portable DVD player or music player can provide you and the kids with entertainment to make time pass quickly.
- Pack an item that can improve your tires’ traction. If you hit a patch of ice and slide off the road, you might be able to get yourself out without having to wait for a tow truck. Keep something in your car to help you get unstuck, like a bag of sand, cat litter, or rubber tracks.
- Stash a reflective vest or strobe light. Many people get struck and killed sitting on the side of the road in a disabled vehicle, so it’s very important to make yourself as visible as possible. Sometimes, flashers just aren’t enough.
- Keep an extra phone charger in your car.
Winter Car Care Ideas
To keep your car in great shape throughout the winter, follow these winter car care ideas.
- Visit the car wash regularly. Road salt can damage your car’s exterior, so make frequent trips to the car wash. It only takes a couple minutes to wash the salt off. Make sure you spray all the ice off the area around your tires.
- There’s nothing more frustrating than going outside in the cold only to discover that your door’s locks are frozen! Get an inexpensive, pocket-sized lock-de-icer spray to keep on your keychain.
- When you plan to park your car outside for several hours during cold, wet weather, lift your windshield wipers up. Then you’ll never have to worry about your wiper blades freezing to the windshield.
- Put a good coating of high-quality wax on your car before January weather arrives to help prevent the snow, slush, ice, and salt from adhering to the paint.
- Instead of standing outside scraping your windows, cover your windshield with a winter windshield cover. Some covers use straps that attach to your mirrors or tuck inside your car doors. Others attach using magnets. Some manufacturers use both straps and magnets, which is useful for when there are high winds.
What Do You Hear?
When you’re driving this winter, sometimes the first indication of a problem is simply a strange sound. Do you know what to listen for?
- If you hear squealing when you first start your car, have a technician check your belts, power steering unit, and starter.
- If you hear squealing or grinding when you step on your brakes, get your brakes inspected and serviced immediately. Quality brake pads are far less expensive than new rotors!
- Knocking under the hood could indicate a host of problems. Start by checking your oil level. A trained technician at our Red Bank service center can pinpoint the cause quickly, too.
- Bubbling sounds often indicate a problem with your car’s cooling system. You might also notice a smell of antifreeze, see visible leaks, or have a problem getting heat.
As always, bring your vehicle into our Nissan of Red Bank dealer and service center for advice. We can inspect and correct just about any problem your vehicle has, though we always recommend annual Nissan maintenance to virtually eliminate those risks. Whether it’s for the new year or somewhere else down the line, proper auto maintenance is imperative to keeping your car running smoothly.
Contact us at (732) 704-7860 to schedule an appointment or visit our Red Bank Nissan service department at 120 Newman Springs Rd for speedy oil changes and repairs. Happy New Year!
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