We’re car people. So when we say we love our cars, we’re not exaggerating. Like a romantic mate, we depend on our vehicles, and they depend on us. So this Valentine’s Day, we’ll show our cars and trucks a little love to thank them for always – or at least almost always – being there for us.
You can show your car some love, too. Just don’t forget to show the special people in your life that you love them first. Your car won’t notice if you’re a day or two late, but your girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse likely will.
Five ways to love your car:
Replace your windshield wiper blades. Because your wiper blades degrade over time, it can be easy to overlook how poor a job they’re doing until you replace them. A new set is relatively inexpensive, and you’ll love the clear, clean view you get as a result. You’ll also wonder how you lived with those old ones for so long. Don’t forget the rear blade on hatchbacks, wagons, minivans and SUVs.
Restore your headlights. As with wiper blades, you may not realize how drastically those hazy headlight lenses have reduced your ability to see what’s ahead. The 3M Headlight Restoration Kit includes almost everything you need to make your headlights crystal clear again. You just provide a cordless grill and elbow grease.
(Have someone) wash your car. It’s winter, at least on this side of the Earth. So we’re not going to ask you to get out in the driveway with a bucket of soapy water and a soft sponge. Still, your car needs a wash. Find a professional car wash or detail shop and pay for a hand wash. It’s a treat for both you and your car.
Get under the hood. If you have a warm place to work, knock out some of the maintenance items on your list. Replacing filters, changing or topping off fluids, replacing spark plugs and rotating tires are all little things you can do to keep your car running properly. If you don’t have the space or you just prefer to have a professional handle the work, get the help of a NAPA Auto Care Center near you.
Get ready for spring. If your baby leads a sheltered life and stays inside during the coldest months, start now getting her ready for warmer weather. One-Step Cleaner Wax from 3M combines the benefits of fine polish and wax. It removes light oxidation, fine scratches and stains while achieving a high-gloss shine. Your gleaming car will be ready to drive on that first warm day of 2014.
Rock-and-roller Stephen Stills sings, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” Whether you drive an old beater or the supercar of your dreams, treat it well all year long. And once in a while, show it some love by doing something special that will benefit both you and your car or truck.
Check out all the maintenance parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on the ways to love your car, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.
Nick Palermo is a freelance automotive writer and NAPA Know How blogger. Since becoming an auto news and reviews contributor at AutoTrader.com in 2011, he has broadened his coverage of the automotive industry to include topics like new car technology, antiques and classics, DIY maintenance and repair, industry news and motorsports. A committed advocate for automotive media professionals, Nick is a member of the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association.