Road Trip? Do This to Your Car First

( – There’s nothing quite like an unexpected car problem to ruin a road trip to an amazing destination. Avoid the stress of expensive repairs while away from home by properly preparing your vehicle before the trip even starts.

Before hitting the road, travelers should drop their car off for a safety inspection. This comprehensive look at a vehicle can catch potential issues before they transform into major headaches on the road.

Safety Inspection

Waiting for a repair during a trip could result in facing an unplanned, extra cost.  Even if you find an affordable and trustworthy mechanic while on the road, they may not have the necessary parts on hand.  This could lead to finding last-minute accommodations and being forced to cancel or delay other travel plans.

An inspection is meant to avoid that scenario altogether by finding and fixing potential problems before you take off.

Most states have a set of basic standards that must be met before a vehicle can pass a safety inspection. Typically, this look at your vehicle’s health involves a brake check, testing the lighting, looking for leaks in the exhaust system and checking belts, hoses and tires for wear and tear.

Additionally, an inspection can test the steering, horn, windshield wipers and defroster. After passing a safety inspection, you’ll know that your suspension and emissions systems are functioning adequately.

Failed Inspection? Here’s What to Do Next

Always take action after a failed safety inspection. Replacing headlights or windshield wipers might be easily taken care of where the inspection was performed. Larger problems, like exhaust, brakes or tires, may need to be addressed by a specialized auto repair professional.

If concerns about cost arise, it’s a good idea to get a few quotes before moving ahead with a repair. In no time, you’ll be on the road, confident in your car’s ability to take you to your destination.

~Here’s to Your Financial Health!

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