Spring Maintenance Tips

As the weather starts to warm up, many motorists are getting ready to hit the road. It's not uncommon for drivers to be more active in the spring and summer than they were in the winter, so it's imperative to ensure that your car is in excellent shape. There are a number of maintenance issues you should get checked out to prepare for the spring season.

Having brakes that are in working order is imperative any time of year, but if you're gearing up for a few months of road trips and vacations, it's even more crucial. It will be a smart idea to have a mechanic look at brake pads, rotors, calipers and other hardware to ensure you won't hit any snags in the near future.

Along with brakes, you should make sure to check the oil now that spring has arrived. In particular, warm weather can take a toll on motor oil, and you should be cognizant of both the level of oil and how clean it is, especially with the summer months fast approaching.

One component that could go overlooked is lighting – headlamps, tail lights and turn signals. It can be easy to miss, but if they are not in working order, this could make it more difficult to drive at night or in foggy conditions.

"Now is the time for motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in shape for summer driving," said industry insider Jim Sassorossi. "The safety, performance and life of a vehicle hinges on preventive maintenance."

New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care center can take care of all your preventative maintenance needs so you can be out on the road as soon as possible.