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Prepare your car for winter

Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:15:16 PM

The winter season could be an opportune time to purchase a used vehicle. It's around this time of year that some dealerships try to clear out their inventories, which could yield significant savings. As a result, auto finance activity could increase in the coming months.

Whether you plan to buy a used car or already own one, you should make sure it's ready to take on the colder weather. Winter elements, such as snow and ice, can wreak havoc on a vehicle, and in some cases, leave motorists stranded in the middle of nowhere.

To prevent this from happening, consider taking your car for a tune-up. A mechanic will be able to spot any issues that could turn into big problems later on down the road. However, even if your car is in top-shape, you may still run the risk of getting stuck in the snow.

To deal with this situation, you should leave a few permanent items in your vehicle. If you get stuck in an isolated area, there's no telling how long you might be out there to face the element, so consider storing away a few non-perishable foods, such as canned goods. To stay warm, some extra clothing and blankets could also come in handy.

If you're planning a log drive, make sure you tell a friend or family member the route you plan to take and check-in periodically. This way if you get stuck, you may be easier to locate.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800919662-ADNFCR