Thursday, October 28th, 2010

3 Ways to Winterize Your Car On a Student Budget

How to Winter-proof Your Car

Most people don’t think of winterizing their vehicle until the first snow fall.

Is your car ready for winter? Probably not. But don’t feel bad.

Most students don’t worry about winterizing their vehicle until after the first snow fall. Usually, the cost and hassle is a factor. We don’t want to spend any money on our vehicle until it’s absolutely necessary. But getting ready for winter doesn’t have to be a huge expense or pain. Just follow a few quick steps and cut costs, not corners.

1) Your Tires

Winter tires make a huge difference in safely controlling your vehicle in snow and slush. If you still have your winter tires on from winter 2010, they don’t count.

Buying winter tires can be an expense, but you can save some money buy googling “used tires” and your town. Lot of shops and garages used tires that have outlasted their previous car, and still have lots of miles left on them.

2) Your Scraper

Your car is worth thousands, but the key to protecting can be bought at the dollar store. It’s simple, you have to be able to see out of your windows and there’s no substitute for a decent scraper. CD cases and credit cards do the job too, but come on!

3) Your Oil

Cold temperatures may mean you’ll want to use a thinner viscosity engine oil to make sure you’re still lubricate moving parts over the colder months. A little bit of money spent on oil saves you nightmarish costs later.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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