Blog on Cars
September 7, 2023

This category holds a large part of my heart.  I love cars, supercars, hot rods, and especially classic muscle cars.  But I want to talk to you about your car and specifically how you care for it.

To get the longevity out of our cars they must be maintained at prescribed intervals, seems we no longer have time to check the oil and the fluids.  In a world where things change so rapidly, these have not.  This is the type of behavior that causes us to end up alongside the road needing assistance. Cars need more than gas.  I’m not trying to scare you; I’m trying to prepare you.  If you are going on any distance trip, check your tires, change your oil, and top off your fluids; it used to be the norm and we need to get back to it.

Now that we have taken care of the obvious, we can move on to the optional.  While it is inconceivable to me that anyone would never wash their car, I have seen it with my own eyes.  True it doesn’t interrupt the mechanical function but washing your car is still today considered upkeep.  I added a bug shield to my first few vehicles to keep the paint from chipping when on the highway they also help keep the chips and cracks out of the windshield.

A bucket and sponge with a little soap is what it takes for a car owner to know what kind of things have happened to the vehicle while on the road that would otherwise not be known.  We all know the roads are rough and take a toll on our vehicles.  Washing your car is another way of simply walking around it and feeling it to know the extent of any need the car has.  If you don’t know it’s broken you won’t fix it.

A set of mud flaps can keep your fenders from rusting through for many more years as well as adding a more cared-for look to your ride.  If you’ve never used tire shine on your tires you are missing out on one of the tools the car dealers use to make you look at a new one.

Tinted windows filter the harmful effects of the sun on your vehicle’s interior, assisting the sunshade that many people use on their windshields.