Before You Have Your Spring Fling, Make Sure Your Car Is Ready

This is national Car Care Month, a time when you need preventive maintenance and tire service to ready your car for the hot months ahead.

Springtime – well anytime – is a great part of the year in New Orleans and it seems others have figured that out. U.S. News and World Reports Travel edition just named New Orleans as number two on its list of the nine best alternative spring break destinations. Alternative to what, you ask? Well, to cities known for their party-hard beaches. But today is more than a spring break day and more than April Fool’s Day, it’s the first day of national Car Care Month, according to the nonprofit Car Care Council. It’s the spring month when the council advises you set aside some time to make sure your car is ready for spring and summer travel and fun. The council notes that in April and October (fall Car Care month) last year, a whopping 84 percent of vehicles that showed up at community car care events needed service or parts, a 5 percent increase from the year before.

Among the frequently seen problems: low or dirty motor oil; low, leaky or dirty coolant; low power steering, brake and transmission fluids; battery cables, clamps and terminals that needed maintenance; and many batteries that were not properly held down. Improperly inflated tires were common as were tires with worn tread that needed replacement.

“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. These results show that the majority of vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

The best thing you can do for your car whether it’s spring, summer, winter or fall is to bring it by Twin Tire and Auto Care for some regular maintenance and tire service to have our trusted auto mechanics check out all your systems to make sure you’re good to go for the spring. Twin has been the reliable auto repair and tire service expert in Metairie-New Orleans since 1973. And, if you happen to need new tires, Twin can help with that, too. We stock all brands, sizes and styles to fit every vehicle and driving need. Remember, Twin has three locations in the Metairie-New Orleans area for tire service and car care – Harvey, Marrero and Hammond. We also have a location in Harahan for heavy trucks.

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