6 Tips to Prepare your Luxury Car for this Fall

6 Tips to Prepare your Luxury Car for this Fall


 

It’s officially fall and we all know the potential wear and tear extreme weather can cause on our luxury vehicles. Especially those of us who live in colder weather states who are faced with harsher weather conditions. Here are some ways to prep your prized luxury vehicle to remain in tip top shape come this new season.

1. First and Foremost, Consult your Owner's Manual 

Every luxury vehicle is different and each requires their own maintenance schedules. BMW for example does a great job of listing the basic maintenance you can preform on your vehicle yourself as well as the information you need on the best ways to have your vehicle professionally maintained. They also go the extra mile by having your owner’s manuals available digitally just by entering your cars specific VIN in their portal, in case you no longer have access to the physical copy.


 

2. Protect Your Paint

Paint jobs on luxury cars can be no laughing matter, on average higher-quality paint jobs can range from $5,000 to $10,000 with a median range of about $5,550. So we know no one is really looking forward to having to repaint their expensive beauties unnecessarily due to weather conditions. The first step to prepping your paint this fall is keep it cleaned and washed all throughout the season. Thoroughly wash your vehicles using a car cleaning solution regularly. This is going to help remove debris that may be able to scratch your luxury vehicle's finish. Once your vehicle’s exterior is dirt free, apply or have applied a high-quality paint sealer to protect its finish. Synthetic paint sealants help assure your vehicles paint job isn’t affected by road salts, water and chemicals used on the roads during colder weather months. High quality paint sealants can last an upwards of 6 months, so this shouldn’t be something needed to be done more than twice a year.

3. Check and Change your fluid levels

Lower temperatures also require different type of fluids and demand a higher level of performance from your opulent ride. At the start of the weather change make sure to take your car to your trusted mechanic and have your coolant ratio adjusted. A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended, but some sources also suggest a 60/40 split. Taking it to your vehicle's professional will insure that the correct amount is used to assist your vehicle running in the best shape. Your battery, windshield wipers and transmission fluid should also be checked and flushed if needed. 


 

4. Inspect your Tires

We can’t get too far this fall without properly inflated tires. Worn tires always pose a treat but they are even more dangerous during the colder months. This is because they make it harder to maneuver through the slicked pavements slated with ice, water etc from weather conditions. Automatically in the cold weather you also lose approximately one pound of pressure in your tires for every 10 degrees of temperature. If your car does not already come with a manufacturer installed tire pressure monitor, be sure to keep a pressure gauge in your glove box this season to stay on top of it all. 

5. Check your Batteries

Although not one of the parts of our cars that give us too many signs before it fails, taking the time to check your batteries and make sure all connections to it are tight, clean and corrosion fee are going to be your best bets for assuring the preliminaries of  maximizing your battery self-life. Also making sure there is no visible cracks or breaks in your cables or battery will definitely be a life saver.

6. Refill your emergency kit or get one! 

An emergency kit should be readily available to you and in your car at all times. There are a myriad of prepackaged car emergency kits on the market ranging in price from $18 to $70 if your vehicle manufactures didn’t already provide one. In the luxury segment it is usually provided, but you can always just DIY it and make your own by including these simple must have items. You will need:  Jumper cables, water, gloves, emergency blanket, first-aid kit, three reflective waning triangle tire gauge (you should have from checking your tires), flashlight with extra batteries, rags, duct tape, rain poncho, multi-purpose utility tool and nonperishable snacks. Of course, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just what’s on this list, but this a great head start!


 

As always our service center is at your service for any of the services mentioned above. Click here to schedule your next service with your trusted Richmond BMW of Midlothian dealership and experience fall service savings while they last.

Happy driving! 



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