Spring cleaning isn’t just for inside your home, but outdoors and in your car as well. During this time of uncertainty, it is more important than ever to keep all surfaces clean and well disinfected.
Autotrader is an informative resource to consult with tips on how to disinfect your vehicle during Coronavirus. Your family vehicle transports groceries and may come in contact with other infected people.
We all know germs are spread through sneezing, unclean hands, but COVID-19 can also survive as long as 72 hours on types of plastic (the grocery bags in your car) and metal surfaces found in almost every vehicle.
Tips for Sanitizing Your Vehicle
While you’re heading out for essential travel, be aware of the surfaces that you are encountering. It’s important to sanitize these surfaces, but also be aware that disinfectants with bleach can be harmful to your interior. You can use alcohol-based products, or a soap and water combo will get the job done as well.
Surfaces to clean: dashboard, steering wheel, center console, trunk space. Visit Autotrader’s Resource Guide for more helpful tips.
Basic Car Spring Cleaning Tips
Whether you’re selling your vehicle, or just sprucing it up after the harsh winter, these are 6 basic spring cleaning car care tips.
Give it a wash! Winter driving can cause harsh build-up on your vehicle, especially when driving on salt roads.
When the weather gets warmer, we break out the pressure washer and do a thorough clean. My kids also love to help with this part.
Clean up the Inside
Our family cars can tend to house a lot of stuff. You can imagine the things I find in the back seat nestled in the car seats (chicken nuggets, melted crayons, paper, a shoe, etc.). Try to keep an extra bag handy always to use as a trash bag.
Check Your Tire Pressure
When the weather changes, so can your tire pressure which can affect the way your car performs.
Inspect Your Wiper Blades
April showers, bring May flowers…be ready for the rainy season. Look for signs of cracking which can occur after a harsh winter of ice buildup.
The next two checks I leave for a professional or my husband: check under the hood (hoses, belts, coolants/fluids, etc.) and alignment and suspension.
There are so many things to keep in mind when caring for your family vehicle. Performance and reliability are so important and Autotrader is there with all the best tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
Things to Keep in Mind
If you’ve been affected by COVID-19, many auto lenders can work with you on flex payments and extensions. You can find a comprehensive list of auto makers and options being provided here.
If you’re buying or selling a vehicle during this Coronavirus pandemic, be sure to take along some disinfectant wipes and wipe down common areas mentioned above.
Having these valuable resources at our fingertips helps give me the confidence to #DriveForward. We will get through this together!