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13 Thrifty Tips for Winter Car Care

– Posted in: Everything Auto

Caring for your vehicle’s appearance is very important if you want it to stay looking nice for years down the road. Cosmetic treatments are often full of chemicals and can come with a heavy price tag as well.  You can skip the expense by using the following tips:

13 Thrifty Tips for Winter Car Care

1. If you have a ding in your car’s paint job and no money to fix it right now, use clear nail polish to keep it from rusting and spreading.

2. With cooler weather on the way, frost is sure to follow. To skip the scraping in the morning, spray your window down with rubbing alcohol.

3. If you have automatic antennas, avoid having them get stuck by occasionally rubbing them down with wax paper.

4. Corral your car clutter with an over the door shoe organizer. Cut one down (or use a shorter one if you can find it) so it fits on the back of your car seat. Place pens, crayons, little toys and papers in it.

5. To get rid of haze on your windows as well as grime, use vinegar.
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6. To remove bugs easily, prevent them. On a clean grill, apply cooking spray. It will allow you to easily wipe off the critters.

7. If you drive an older car and need to get going fast and don’t have time to heat up the car in the winter, use your blow dryer on the carburetor for a few moments.

8. If you have a frozen lock, don’t call for help. Instead heat your key with a match or a lighter and then try again.

9. To keep your trunk from freezing, rub vegetable oil on the gasket/seal.

10.  To get better traction in the snow, keep sand in your trunk in a small container. You don’t need to lug a huge container, just make sure to refill when you use it.

11. Keep a candle in your car for emergency winter light and heat. With the days getting shorter, you don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road changing a tire in the dark.

12. To prevent corrosion on your battery, rub them with petroleum jelly. To clean what is already there, make a baking soda paste and leave on for 1 hour before removing.

13. For car care in the engine such as checking oil or changing it,  during cold months, keep a pair of old socks in your trunk rather than mess up nice gloves.

What else do you do to care for your car  during winter months? Jot them down in the comment section 🙂



25 Comments… add one
elaine schoch December 13, 2013, 11:20 am

OMG! I seriously never knew about the frozen lock trick – that’s happened to me a few too many times. These are great!

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:27 am

Me neither Elaine, until I started doing research into this topic. I hope you find this post helpful to fight this year’s winter 🙂

Jenna @ A Mama Collective.com December 13, 2013, 11:20 am

These are some awesome tips! My favorite is to use an over the door shoe organizer because my car is a DISASTER! Thank you so much for sharing.

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:27 am

haha same here Jenna! No matter, how well I organize my car, at the end of the day, I just can’t seem to win the mess that overflows my car! yes, you guessed right! I can use my own advice lol

Christie December 13, 2013, 11:39 am

Great ideas! If we got snow in Florida, I’d definitely use these!

Terry December 13, 2013, 12:08 pm

When it comes to the automobiles we own,.. thank goodness my Hubs takes care of everything. I love the tip about the candle though. That would for sure be a great idea in our Pennsylvana winters.

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:25 am

Yes Terry! its such an easy and inexpensive way to counter freezing cold 🙂

Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 13, 2013, 12:16 pm

Vinegar is also great for removing tree sap -and I speak from experience here. Ugh…

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:24 am

haha Robin! Good to know that too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Suzi Satterfield December 13, 2013, 12:30 pm

One thing we know a lot about in British Columbia is life in the winter! Alcohol on the windshield is the quickest, easiest way to avoid that scraping.

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:24 am

I know! Alcohol really makes our job easier when it comes to scraping windshields 🙂

Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai December 13, 2013, 1:41 pm

Winter car care is not something I have to deal with here in Southern California… thank goodness. But these are great tips if I make a weekend trip to the mountains! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:23 am

Thanks for stopping by Lorelai. Good for you, you are spared from ‘winter consequences’! 😉

Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison December 13, 2013, 4:09 pm

Those are some great tips. I need a few of these. I plan on driving this winter so definitely need to keep a few of these in mind.

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:22 am

Thanks for stopping by Amanda. Glad to know that you find these tips helpful. Wish you a safe drive in winter!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication December 13, 2013, 4:14 pm

Great tips! We live in Florida, so I can’t do some of these things, but it’s a good list!

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:21 am

Good for you, you live in Florida! You don’t have to deal with the fury of winter that drivers deal with in other parts of the world 😉

Cher December 13, 2013, 7:17 pm

Wow, these are great! The nail polish tip really surprised me! Thanks, Vinma!

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:20 am

Glad to know you find these tips helpful Cher 🙂

Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life December 15, 2013, 10:05 am

These are great tips – I never knew most of these. I pretty much shared everywhere – everyone who deals with winter weather is going to find this list handy!

Vinma December 15, 2013, 10:20 am

Thanks Michelle! I myself didn’t know most of these until I started researching. Winter is mostly nasty to drivers, so I had to do something about it lol. Thank you for sharing my tips 🙂

Samuel joyce December 20, 2013, 4:03 am

Fabulous post with lot of valuable info!!Cars needs special care especially in winter.However it important to know the basic step to keep them in good condition. I prefer to store my car rather than driving it in harsh winter weather. I found all your tips vital to keep my car in tip-top condition for the next season.

Karen Glatt February 19, 2014, 7:44 pm

These are all very good tips. I like using vinegar to get rid of grime on my windows. And heat up the key if the lock is frozen is so smart. I need to put vaseline on my battery posts though. A tip, do not use regular windshield washer fluid! It will freeze. In cold climates, use the washer fluid that is for the winter.

Suzan@RWC Thomastown March 5, 2014, 5:12 am

Winter weather is unpredictable, therefore it is best to well prepared ahead of time so that we do not end up stuck in the bad road condition. All these tips are worth considering being safe and secure. I always have emergency car care kit in my car. Thanks for this wonderful post.

Sophia@mechanics sydney October 27, 2015, 2:21 am

Great tips…Thanks for sharing.A vehicle check now before winter arrives is a sensible way to be aware about car care and avoid the inconvenience of being stranded out in the cold and with the unexpected expense of emergency repairs.

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