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Protect Your Car’s Interior This Winter

With the worst of winter just around the corner, you will want to protect your car’s interior from the harsh weather. With these simple tips, you can keep your cabin in great shape when spring arrives.

Shield the floor

As the roads around Havelock get covered with slush and road salt, it’s easy to accidentally trek them into your car. With all-weather floor mats, protect your vehicle’s carpeting will be a breeze — no matter the weather forecast. You can also get in the habit of keeping a second pair of shoes in the car that you can change into if you want a clean and dry floor.

Protect your seats

Shield your cloth seats from the elements with water-resistant covers, which are effective against mud, water, road salt, and more. If your car has leather seats, condition them occasionally with leather wipes to keep them hydrated and minimize the chance they will crack as it gets colder.

Minimize trash

Keep your cabin clean so you can avoid winter clutter in your car. With a small trash receptacle, you can reduce the chance of spills and make sure everything has its place. This step will let you skip the spring cleaning phase when the weather warms up.

At Village Motors of Conover, we’re determined to help you keep your vehicle in tip-top shape, no matter the weather. Contact us today for more tips on how to keep your car’s interior pristine this winter, or to browse our extensive selection of pre-owned models.

Useful Car Care Tips for New Drivers

Learning how to drive is a major life milestone for most teens. While most training focuses on driving safety and road rules, many new drivers are not aware of how to take care of their vehicles. If you’re new to the road or have a teen driver in your family, here are some helpful vehicle tips that everybody should know.

Get to know your vehicle

The more you drive, the more you learn to recognize the way your vehicle acts and the way it’s supposed to sound. You should also take time to become familiar with its exterior. Make it a habit of inspecting your car by, for example, doing a walk-around once a week. This way, you will be better able to notice problems and get them taken care of quickly.

Follow maintenance recommendations

Every vehicle comes with its own routine maintenance schedule. This timeline will tell you when you should do certain maintenance tasks like getting the oil changed or rotating the tires. When you follow the plan, your car is more likely to drive better and not suffer major breakdowns.

Understand warning lights

When a warning light turns on, do not ignore it. These alerts are there to warn you about potential problems. Use your owner’s manual or the internet to learn what each symbol means.

For more car care tips that are important for new drivers and seasoned veterans alike, contact us at Village Motors of Conover.

How to Care for Your Idle Car

The ongoing pandemic has left many Americans with no reason to leave the house, which means cars sitting idle in garages, driveways, and at the curb. If you’re one of the many people who isn’t driving as much as you used to, these tips for taking care of your idle car will help ensure you’re ready for the road again when the time comes.

Take it out for a spin

The best way to make sure that your car doesn’t form problems from being idle too long is to take it for a drive from time to time. It’s recommended that you drive your car for about 20 minutes a week at least once every week, which should help keep the battery charged, prevent flat spots from forming in the tires, and keep your brakes from rusting.

Keep it clean

A clean car is a happy car, especially if you want to preserve the paintjob. Leaving your car parked for a long time can lead to an accumulation of dirt, dust, pollen, bugs, and bird droppings, which can have a negative effect on the exterior. Washing your car every few weeks with soap and water will keep it looking lustrous for longer.

If your car is sitting idle because you’re not too enthused about driving it, fear not: Village Motors of Conover has a great selection of quality pre-owned cars that’ll help you get excited about getting out there on the road.

Tips for keeping your food safe in the car

Keep Your Food Safe
If you want to keep a culinary disaster from happening on the road, we have a few tips on how to keep your food safe in the car.

We all know that the holidays include a potentially belt-widening number of amazing meals. Because these meals are always better with family, you will probably find yourself driving to and from get-togethers with food in your car. If you want to keep a culinary disaster from happening on the road, we have a few tips on how to keep your food safe in the car.

Casseroles

If you are bringing along a casserole, we recommend using a cardboard box that’s big enough to fit the dish and a few towels. Place the dish in the box and surround it with the towels to help keep it warm during transit.

Pie

Pies are an indulgent holiday favorite. While a dedicated pie carrier is the best way to transport a pie, another option is to take an empty pie plate and place it on top of your pie. Then, wrap both pie pans with foil to keep them together.

Cold Food

If you are bringing along a cold dish, break out the summer cooler. If you don’t have a cooler, you can use a cardboard box. Either way, surround the dish with ice packs or ice cubes to keep it cold while you drive.

Baked Goods

The simplest food to take with you in the car is baked goods, like rolls, muffins, or cookies. Simply put those in a covered container and you are ready to go.

All of us at Village Motors of Conover want to wish you a happy holiday season. If you’re looking for a new car for the New Year, stop by and go for a few test drives.