Fall is a great time of year for so many things, but as the weather gets cooler and winter works her way into the atmosphere, there’s one thing you should have prepared for those chilly nights: your car.

If you’re not sure how to prepare your car for the cooler weather, look no further. We’ve put together a list of five tips to help you get your car ready for the cold.

Keep an Eye on the Tire Pressure

As the air becomes cooler, your tire pressure is at risk for dropping. Because of this, you’ll want to check on it more often to ensure that the pressure is at the appropriate level for your car. If your tire is low on pressure, it could result in an unsafe driving condition (potentially a flat tire) which could put you and your passengers in danger.

Check Your Antifreeze Levels

Antifreeze is a liquid within your car that helps keep the engine from freezing, so it’s especially important to monitor your car’s antifreeze levels throughout the fall and winter months. A frozen engine means a stranded driver. While antifreeze is important throughout all seasons since it keeps your car from overheating, you’ll definitely want to pay more attention to it as the temperature lowers.

Test Your Battery

The battery of your car is prone to freezing, especially if it’s not working properly or is on the verge of dying. Battery capacity is likely to decrease throughout the course of the winter, so testing and replacing your battery is crucial to preparing your car for the cooler months. If you aren’t sure how to test it, visit your local mechanic to ensure that your car has a battery that is in good condition.

Get a Fresh Coat of Wax

When you get your car a wax, you’re protecting the car’s exterior from harmful conditions. Just as rain, dirt, and pollen put your car’s exterior at risk, snow, frost, and ice can be harmful too. Getting a fresh wax will give your car an extra layer of protection throughout the cooler months. Are you located in the Richmond, Virginia area? Check out our services to see our waxing prices. We’d love to have you come by!

Stock Your Car with Winter Necessities

If you live in Virginia, then you know how unpredictable our weather can be. That’s why we recommend carrying winter necessities with you throughout all of the fall and winter seasons. Winter necessities for your car include: an ice scraper, a blanket, a bag of sand (incase your car gets stuck in the snow), a cell phone charger, a small broom (for brushing off snow), a flashlight, and a pair of gloves. Of course, many of these are for worst case scenarios, but it’s better to be prepared for nothing than to be unprepared for the worst.

 

At Flagstop, we love helping our customers keep their cars in the best condition possible throughout all the seasons of the year. So whether you need a wax, a vacuum, or a classic car wash, stop by one our many locations around Richmond. We’d love to help!

There are certain car maintenance rules that we all know to follow such as change the oil, rotate the tires, and get it inspected once a year. But did you know that failing to keep your car cleaned could cause issues like rusting, damaged paint, and corroding? While failing to wash your car might seem like no big deal, the reality is that it can create more costly issues than washing it would.

Dirt Can Stick

Dust, whether you can see it on your car’s surface or not, is floating everywhere around us. Combine the natural amount of dust and dirt in the air with moisture and you’ve got yourself dirt that will stick to your car’s surface for a very long period of time (until you wash it). Even on days where it’s not quite as humid or rainy — any amount of moisture in the air will cause that dirt to stick, meaning your paint job is in jeopardy of being damaged.

Paint Does More Than Just Look Good

Because cars are made of metal they are susceptible to rusting. The paint on your car helps protect the metal from dirt that sticks and causes rusting — but once the paint of your car is worn, damaged, or flaking, the body of your car is in trouble. Giving your car plenty of washes, especially when there is a lot of moisture in the air, will help protect the car’s paint job, which in turn, will help protect the body of the car.

If your car has a bubbled area of paint on it, well, that’s a clear sign that your car’s body is beginning to rust. When moisture reaches the metal of your car, it will rust and continue to spread even underneath the paint. This is another great reason to protect your paint job by washing your car often.

The Interior Matters, Too

Whether you have children, pets, or friends who frequently ride in your car, you’ll want to be sure that you’re not neglecting the interior of your car when it comes to cleaning it. Dust, old crumbs, and pet hair will cling to the dashboard and seats and can cause stains, bad smells, and even poor air quality.

The best way to clean the car’s interior is to start by vacuuming everything — floorboards, seats, car seats, dashboard, and trunk — to free the car of as much dirt and dust as possible. Then, wipe down the dashboard, console, and cup holders with a wipe. If you’re car still isn’t quite as fresh smelling as you’d like, we definitely recommend installing an air freshener, at least until the bad smells are gone.

Resale Value is at Stake

If you’re working hard to protect your car’s paint job by washing it often, then when the time comes for you to sell or trade your car for an upgrade, chances are you’ll be in great shape. However, buyers will without-a-doubt check in on the car’s condition before purchasing, and if you car has rust, bubbled paint, or even dirt on the outside, it’s an immediate red flag.

If any part of you thinks you’ll be selling your car, even in the distant future, you’ll want to keep it in as prestige of conditions as possible. The best way to do this — clean the exterior and interior of your car often. This will help ensure that the resale value of your car is as high as you expect it to be.

 

Cleaning your car inside and out can be a trying job, but we can help make that easier. We have nine full service car washes around Richmond to make your car washing experience as convenient as possible. We offer exterior washing, interior cleaning, and even pet cleaning services. We’d love to help you keep your car in top-notch condition.

We are excited to announce that our Staples Mill Express location will be undergoing renovations starting on September 4th! During this time we will be closed, so we ask that our loyal customers of this location visit our location on Parham Road, or any of our other locations in the metro-Richmond area. For a full list of all locations, click here.

Please note that if you do have an RVA Wash Club membership with us, you can use it at ANY of our locations! That includes both Express and Full Service!

We thank you for your patience and we cannot wait to give all of our loyal customers the latest and greatest in car wash technology! We will make an announcement at a later date for our Grand Re-Opening.