Tips for Winter Car Care

A 2013 Nissan Altima out in the cold.

A 2013 Nissan Altima out in the cold.

It’s early, you are ready to head out the door for the day, and the only thing between you and your car is a wall of icy air clocking in at around 20 mph and 5° F. In this weather your car could have a hard time starting, and if it does start it could have a hard time getting down the road. If you’ve taken the proper precautions there should be no problem. If you haven’t you’re going to wish you had.

Winter can be a mean and unsympathetic season. But with the proper steps you and your car can be prepared. The following are a few precautionary measures that could help you get down the road with little trouble.

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Subaru Impreza Voted Best Snow Vehicle

2013 Subaru Impreza

The 2013 Subaru Impreza was voted best snow vehicle by MSN Autos

Here in Northeast Ohio, we are experiencing the start of a major snowfall that could reach more than one foot by the end of the week. Obviously, this is going to make your commute a little harder than usual. So the inevitable question this week is: What’s the best current snow vehicle?

Well MSN Autos has done the research, and they vote the 2013 Subaru Impreza with Symmetrical All Wheel Drive as the best Snow Vehicle.

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Testing a vehicle in the winter

Car dealers don’t wait by the radio waiting to see if they get a snow day, because car dealers don’t get snow days.

January and February are not Ohio’s best months weather wise, but our experts say there are benefits to test driving a vehicle on a typical Ohio winter weather day.

The number one rule has to be safety first, according to used vehicle manager Jorge Cerrezuela. Don’t come to the dealership if there is a snow driving ban or severe weather. If there is a little bit of cold or snow and the conditions are not averse to driving, there are some benefits to taking a test drive.

  1. If you have a treacherous driveway, a job in the snow belt, or you like to take a vehicle outdoors, you can test it on a colder day with light precipitation to see how it handles an Ohio winter.
  2. Testing in the winter will help you determine if you can live with front or rear wheel drive, or if you would rather purchase an all wheel drive model. 4WD and AWD vehicles can also be put to the test when you test on a winter day.
  3. Testing in the winter lets you know if the vehicle can handle Ohio’s winter.
  4. Testing in the winter lets you test all winter related functions of a used vehicle, including wipers, traction control, tires, heater, fluid levels. (Note: The Waikem Auto Family Service staff also inspects all these functions before we place the vehicle on the dealership lot).

But just remember to be safe and don’t put yourself in harm’s way. If you are ready to test drive today, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment, we’ll have the vehicle clean, warm and ready when you arrive!