Maintenance of Your Vehicle for a Peaceful Winter

Winter is fast approaching and your vehicle must be prepared for the cold season! It’s time to take out the winter coats and boots, but also to have your vehicle inspected. Why is it so important to prepare your car? What should you think about before winter?

AutoStudio 72 gives you all the information you need to know for the maintenance your vehicle before and during the winter for the best results. It will be a carefree winter aboard one of our many pre-owned vehicles.

Invest in the Best Winter Accessories

There’s nothing worse than being stuck with the snow brush that should have been changed last spring! Also, be sure to change or simply clean your driver and passenger winter mats.

You know your vehicle better than anyone: if you know that an accessory needs to be serviced, do it before winter. It’s always a good idea to invest a little extra in a proper scraper and snow brush.

Rustproofing is not an option with our winters! Consider asking for it if it’s not already included in your seasonal maintenance, especially if you drive your car a lot year-round.

These tools can ensure you’re prepared and ready to face any eventuality this winter:

  • A shovel, if you get stuck in a snowbank

  • A smart charger, which can also serve as a booster battery

  • Booster cables...

Also check the condition of your spare tire, especially if you have never used it.

Properly Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter

Your car requires a little more energy in summer than in winter. It will be imperative to make sure everything is in order before winter. Frost and snow or salt deposits will worsen the condition of your vehicle if basic checks have not been regularly carried out.

Be sure to check that any components you use this winter are in good working condition:

  • Heater

  • Windshield washer

  • Electrical system

  • Antifreeze

  • Windshield wipers and defrosting system...

You’ll have to pay much more attention to your driving during the winter. Preparing your vehicle properly before winter makes all the difference. We were talking about energy earlier, and this is something to watch out for with an electric car, as Auto123points out:

This finding won’t come as a surprise to any Canadian motorist who has driven an EV in wintertime in our country. But what’s truly attention-grabbing here is that the loss of autonomy can reach nearly 50%1.”

Electric car owners, please be extra careful before hitting the road this winter! Your car’s maintenance should include this as well.

Never Without Your Winter Tires!

It is against the law to drive your vehicle without winter tires after December 1st! A good quality tire of the right size ensures a superior driving experience. Think about changing your winter tires in Québec a little in advance.

If in doubt, call on professionals who can give you all the information you need.

A winter tire price at a lower-than-average price may seem like a bargain, but be careful! Saving money on buying cheap winter tires is the worst thing you can do.

To get your winter tires changed, make an appointment between one month and two weeks before December 1st. There’s no need to go any earlier, and it can be dangerous. A winter tire relies on cold temperatures to perform properly, so don’t get ahead of yourself.

Are My Winter Tires Worn Out?

How do you measure winter tire wear? You are probably not tire experts, but it is possible to check the tire. A good tire wear index is the thickness of its tread. The tread is the straight line that runs across your tire.

A good trick to check the integrity of your tires before you go to the dealer is to insert a quarter into the tread with the caribou muzzle facing down. If the muzzle remains visible, the tire is too worn out and needs to be changed.

The winter tire price varies according to:

  • Its condition (new or used)

  • Its date of manufacture

  • The winter tire tread

Your used car dealer in Mirabel on the North Shore of Montréal, just a few minutes from Laval, can provide you with the best used SUV or pre-owned vehicle that will allow you to spend a peaceful winter behind the wheel. Ask about our services today!

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