Many people donate their vehicles at the end of the year to make sure they can use the donation for a tax deduction the following year. But as the temperature begins to drop in the region, it is a good idea to prepare your car for winter to make sure it can get you through the cold and snowy months before you donate it.
Here are some ways you can get the most out of your car this winter:
- Have your Car Inspected: There is never a good time for your car to break down, but winter is probably the worst time to be stranded with a broken-down car. Have your mechanic check your battery, fluids, thermostat, heater, brakes and defroster before driving this winter.
- Check your Tires: Driving in the winter is often more challenging and dangerous because of snow and ice on the roads. Make sure your tires have enough tread to keep you from slipping when the roads start getting icy.
- Check your Lights: Since there is less daylight during the winter, most winter driving is done in the dark. Make sure all your lights are working, especially the brake lights and flashing hazard lights.
- Replace Wiper Blades: The wiper blades you use during the summer for rain might not cut it for the winter months when you will need to be clearing ice and snow from the windshield. Invest in some good quality winter blades to help you see better during winter storms.
- Rinse and Wax Often: One of the ways the city keeps roads safe during the winter is by putting salt on the roads to help melt snow and ice. This salt builds up on your car and can damage the paint and cause a great deal of rusting. Rinsing off the salt and protecting your car with a good quality wax can help prevent damage.
If you are planning to donate your car at the end of this year, following the above steps will help ensure that your vehicle will make it through the winter until it is time to donate.