Summer Car Care Tips: 4 Things You Haven’t Tried Yet

April 18th, 2018 by

Summer Car Care Tips

Owning a car is incredibly convenient – except for when you’re trying to save money, and your car is trying to fall apart. And summer’s harsh conditions can be especially harsh on a world-weary vehicle. You already know to park in the shade, go easy on the A/C when you can, and to have regular maintenance – but what are some weird car tips you haven’t tried yet?

These ideas might seem a bit strange – until you try them and find that they’re more effective than that overpriced stuff you bought at the auto shop.


1.    Put charcoal in your car.

Say what? Your car isn’t some naughty kid’s Christmas stocking, nor is it a coal mine. But like both of those venues, it’s probably a pretty stinky place in the summer. You know how it goes: you accidentally leave part of a Big Mac in your car after lunch; when you get off work, you open the door, and you’re almost rendered senseless by the stench. (Those things aren’t supposed to go bad!) Thankfully, there’s an easy way to get rid of the smell.  Simply leave an open bag of charcoal in your vehicle for about eight to ten hours, making sure to leave the windows rolled up. Charcoal absorbs crazy odors really well. Just don’t inhale when you first open that thing up 10 hours later!

2.    Always keep clear nail polish in your glove box.

We take nail grooming pretty seriously, but that’s not why you should be keeping this stuff on you at all times – hear us out. Thanks to more sunlight and less precipitation, summer is a time of year when lots of roads get paved and lots of homes and commercial buildings get built.  Because of this, it’s not uncommon for you to get stuck behind a gravel-carrying truck on a daily basis. And it’s also not uncommon for some of that gravel to fall out of the truck and hit your car.  If this happens to you and the gravel cracks your windshield, simply whip out your clear nail polish and fill in the crack. Allow it to dry before scraping any excess off with a razor. While the polish won’t actually repair a crack, it can help cracks from becoming worse. 

3.    Condition your car.

Exceptional summer car care means keeping your car looking its best at all times, and in order to do this, you’ll need to wash it on a weekly basis.  To make your car shine like the top of the Chrysler Building, mix a little hair conditioner in with your soap and water.  Just like with your precious mop, the conditioner will smooth over the surface of the car, making it appear shinier and more polished. 

      4.     Run your heater during the summer.

Not trying to make you suffer heat stroke or anything, we know this tip sounds absolutely crazy. Every once in a while during the summer – maybe once a month or so – you need to run the heater in your car.  This way, you can rest assured that your heater parts will stay primed and ready to keep your car nice and toasty come winter time.  (And in the same way, summer car care starts in the winter, because it’s during this time of year that you need to run your A/C every once in a while to make sure it works well once summertime rolls around.)

Don’t knock it ’til you try it – these out-there tips use inexpensive, household items, so there’s no harm in trying at least one of them. If you’re still unsure of how to take care of your car, check out our service specials and contact us if you need an A/C check for the summer. 

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