WINTER ON WHEELS
Winter is almost upon us, and that means drivers from Northern Maine to Southern California will soon face colder weather and reduced sunlight. "Winter creates road challenges no matter where you live. Even if you don't get ice and snow, the colder weather, dark nights, and fallen leaves will make the roads more dangerous," says Lauren Fix of the Car Car Council, an industry consortium that promotes vehicle maintenance.
Fortunately, winter-proofing a car takes only a bit of do-it-yourself maintenance or a few hundred dollars in repair-shop fees. After that, just be sure to wash and wax a vehicle monthly during winter to protect its resale value. "Your car might run fine, but if it looks like heck, then buyers won't give you fair value for it," Fix says.
Here are six steps to preparing a car for the coming months on a budget.