Christmas has come and gone, and with New Year’s around the corner, it’s time to start making some new year’s resolutions! Sure, you can go ahead and throw exercise and dieting on the list, but why not make some resolutions that you’ve never made before? How about some resolutions on how you’ll treat your beloved car?
At Crazy Clean Car Wash, we help residents of Odessa every day to keep their cars beautifully, squeaky clean. This, in fact, can help the overall health and longevity of your car. But cleanliness isn’t the only aspect of your vehicle that you should keep current — there are plenty of habits that you can adopt which will keep your car healthy for years to come.
Here are some car-related new year’s resolutions to consider!
Stay True to Oil Change Schedules
One of the best ways to ensure that your car has a long lifespan is to make sure it’s getting frequent oil changes. On average, your oil should be changed every three thousand miles or so, or every three months — whichever comes first.
For someone who’s not very good at staying on top of car maintenance, neglecting this very simple task can be dangerous. It’s not easy to tell when you’re running low on oil, or when it needs to be changed, as your car won’t give you any extremely obvious symptoms until significant damage has been done.
But the damage can be extensive indeed. Without frequent oil changes, the metal in your engine can begin to wear down, and parts can warp and bend, causing inefficient performance. If you go long enough, the entire engine will stop working!
The good news is that oil changes are both exceedingly easy and cheap as far as car repairs go. Don’t fall into the trap of paying $75 — many auto maintenance centers will do it for $20, which is more than satisfactory for most vehicles.
Take Care of the Check Engine Light
Yes, we’re looking at you. You know who you are. We’re looking at everyone who has had an all-too-conspicuous “check engine” light glowing on their dashboard for the better part of a year.
It’s pretty much an inevitability that this light will fire on any vehicle you drive. It is, after all, the way that the car is programmed to alert you of engine problems. Unfortunately, the check engine light often turns on for extremely minor issues which don’t demand immediate attention (or, at least, the time and money it would take to fix the problem).
For many car owners, this has created a “boy who cried wolf” effect, and many people neglect to get the problem fixed or even checked because they figure it won’t be long before the light just turns on later for something just as minor.
Well, make it your resolution to cut this habit! Your car will last so much longer if you just go through the headache of fixing problems when they come. At the very least, get the problem diagnosed; you could be causing untold damage to your car if you’re just ignoring a mystery problem.
Keep Emissions and Registration Up to Date
For most people, this is a given, and a simple part of owning a car. They renew their plates before the deadline, and going through emissions is no big deal when the time comes.
However, there are situations where it can be easy to forget about these very simple tasks.
One example would be if your car is broken down. Have you ever had a dysfunctional car during the registration renewal period? If you’re not actively driving it, it may seem like a waste renewing it, especially if you’ve got a short-term solution, such as a second car.
This can be a huge mistake! If you’ve never experienced true, unbridled, headache-inducing frustration, we invite you to try to register a vehicle that has missed the deadlines for both emissions and registration renewal. It’s just so much easier if you take care of it the moment it becomes a problem— and you’ll also save a whole lot of money.
Keep the Interior Clean
Ever embarked to pick up someone for a hot date, only to realize that you have left your car a disgusting mess which would make Oscar the Grouch proud?
Yeah, it’s not a fun situation. But impressing people isn’t the only reason why you should keep your car interior clean.
First of all, having a clean space naturally has been known to reduce stress and improve cognitive function. Given that driving can already be stressful enough, you don’t want to add on to that. Secondly, keeping clean is a good habit in general, and if you can keep your car consistently clean, it can help to cultivate habits that maintain cleanliness in other areas of your life.
Fortunately, keeping a clean car is super easy if you’re anywhere in Odessa. We have three Crazy Clean Car Wash locations, and you shouldn’t be far from any one of them no matter where you are. At our car wash locations, we have free car vacuums that you can use to suck up every last speck of dirt or dust in your car.
Vacuuming is usually the most time-intensive task of interior car cleaning, and it’s also usually the one that makes the biggest difference. Having access to a free vacuum is a major boon, so be sure to take advantage of it!
In addition to that, make sure you’re wiping down your dashboard and keeping your car clutter-free. One of the best things you can add to a car is a little trashcan. It doesn’t have to be big, and it goes a long way in preventing you (or other people) from just tossing fast-food wrappers on the ground.
Invest in a Car Wash Pass
The last great car resolution you can make for the new year is to invest in an unlimited monthly pass for car washes.
Keeping your car clean isn’t only useful for making it look nice. While being shiny and beautiful is no doubt a perk of car washes, the truth is that washing your car actually helps to maintain its longevity and functionality.
Over time, particulate matter can wear down the topcoat layer of your car, leaving it more susceptible to scratches and damage from the elements. There are also things that can cause major damage to your car if not cleaned properly. For example, bug guts can actually cause windshield cracks if you wait too long to clean them off.
There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain by taking your car in for frequent car washes. Lucky for you, we offer an unlimited monthly pass at Crazy Clean Car Wash! With this pass, you can get as many car washes as your heart desires within a 30-day period. Want to come in once every single day? Be our guest. Want to go crazy and come in three times a day? Hey, you paid for it, we won’t stop you.
A monthly pass is the best way to keep your car as clean as it can possibly be, because it removes the monetary burden that often stands in the way of car washes when they’re needed. In fact, one monthly pass pays for itself with just three car washes. Now ask yourself what’s better — three car washes in one month, or 30?
Whether you’re looking to get a one-time car wash, or a monthly pass for constant visits, Crazy Clean Car Wash isn’t far. We invite you to stop by one of our three Odessa locations today, and as always, to contact us if you have any questions!