April 16, 2022
6 Tips on How to Give Your Ride Some Post-Winter TLC
As winter’s tale ends along with its many travesties, it’s time to take stock of the mark it left on your car. If you’re driving a modern vehicle, be glad to know that your horseless carriage was designed to take some serious abuse. You shouldn’t have to do much unless you found it buried under a snowbank.
Your car needs some care and attention after working doubly hard during those months of snow, sleet, ice, and road salt. If you want to help it recover from winter’s onslaught, Veteran Car Donations has put together these tips to help you get your car ready for spring:
- Deep clean the interior and exterior.
Marking the change of seasons by giving your vehicle a full interior and exterior cleaning is an excellent way to undo months-worth of winter buildup. Wash your car, give it a fresh coat of wax, and rid its undercarriage of salt, grit, grime, and other messy winter leftovers. Doing so will help you steer clear of clogged drain holes and rust.
If you’re guilty of ignoring the buildup of filth on the floor mats when winter was raging, now is the time to yank them out and give them a thorough washing. If they didn’t fare well with the rigors of rotten weather, get yourself a new set.
- Take off the winter tires.
Your winter tires served you well during the harshest winter months. However, once the temperatures start to climb to 7°C or higher, you’d want to swap them for your usual all-season or performance tires. When the weather gets too warm for winter tires, their tread compounds won’t be firm enough to give you enough traction. Plus, they wear down faster.
- Replace your wiper blades.
Since winter can be brutal on wiper blades, you’d want to get yourself a new set before the spring rains arrive. Your old wipers got a real workout in giving you an unobstructed view of snow and sleet over the winter. Unless you replace them with new ones, don’t expect to have a clear view during all of your fair-weather road trips.
- Check your brakes.
Since your brake pads require clean and properly lubricated metal frames to work properly, you wouldn’t want the road salt to cause corrosion and damage to your car’s brake system. For this reason, it’s best to check your brakes when the snow starts to melt.
- Inspect your headlights.
The salt and gravel helped your car’s grip on winter roads. However, they could have wreaked havoc on your headlights. You’d want to check them for signs of corrosion and other issues.
- Change your air filter.
While the dust stays hidden under ice and snow during those cold winter months, spring frees them to the world. If you don’t want months’ worth of dust to end up in your air filter, be sure to get yourself a new one.
Is Your Car No Longer Fit for Spring? Here’s What You Can Do
If your car suffered yet another winter breakdown, you may not be able to get it ready for spring anymore. If the damage is quite extensive and the cost of repair no longer makes sense, better retire that auto for good.
Hand it over to us at Veteran Car Donations, and we’ll give it a new and worthy purpose: a tool that can transform the lives of the suffering veterans in your community.
We’ll place your vehicle up for auction and use the proceeds to help fund the veteran-focused programs of our charity partners. These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping our former service members who are homeless, unable to find employment, and suffering from disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental disorders.
Our charity partners use the funding they get from us to provide our nation’s heroes with free medical treatment, psychotherapy services, financial aid, family support, housing assistance, educational scholarships, employment opportunities, and many other benefits.
To return the favor, our team will pick up and tow your vehicle for free wherever it’s parked or stored in the country. We’ll also promptly send you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your car via mail after its sale. You can use the receipt to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax-filing season.
However, the best reward you’ll get for making a charitable contribution to us is the joy of knowing that you’re giving back to the brave men and women who risked their lives to serve our nation.
We accept nearly all types of vehicles, including those that aren’t in their best shape anymore.
Want to learn more about our vehicle donation program? Go visit our FAQs page. If you have any questions for us, call us at 877-594-5822. You may also write to us here and we will get in touch with you as soon as we can.
Make a Difference in the Lives of Our Heroes Today!
Your donation will mean a lot to the struggling veterans in your area. If you’re ready to make a difference in their lives, call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!