With the new year comes the chance to make big changes for the upcoming year. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions before January 1, but have already broken them by the end of the month (if not by the end of the first week).

For 2016, why not make a resolution that can really benefit you AND doesn’t involve giving up sweets/only taking the stairs/hitting the gym every morning at 5? Resolve to keep your car in the best shape its ever been – you’ll feel good knowing that your car is clean and less likely to break down on the side of the road.

Some great car resolutions for 2016 include:

Keeping your car clean.

This could be one of the easiest and also one of the most difficult items on this list. Keeping your car clean (on the inside AND the outside) is one of the best ways to make sure your car doesn’t age prematurely.

If you have trouble keeping your car free from clutter, it might be a good idea to invest in a small trash can to keep in your car to catch the drink straws, granola bar wrappers and stray napkins that tend to pile up. A great car hack for this is to get a plastic cereal container with a lid and line it with a plastic shopping bag and BAM, you have a convenient trash can with a lid that can stay in your car.

It is also important to keep the outside and inside surfaces clean of dirt and whatever else life throws your way. The best car wash schedule is to wash your car every week to make sure that the paint on your car does not get damaged from things like road salt or bird droppings sitting on the surface of your car for long periods of time.

Know where your levels should be and check them regularly.

While we don’t recommend doing all of your car’s maintenance yourself, it is definitely important to be an educated car owner. Knowing how to check things like tire pressure, brakes, brake pads, oil, coolant and even wiper fluid can help you be a more confident driver and you’ll know exactly when it’s time to get something checked or fixed (instead of finding out after it’s too late or more expensive to resolve).

Stick to your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule.

Your car is a valuable investment, as any car owner knows. You owe it to yourself (and your car!) to keep it up to date on oil changes and maintenance appointments to ensure you get the most out of your car for as long as possible. The frequency of how often to get an oil change is different for every driver, depending on your driving habits.

If you have a Kia, you can put in information about your vehicle on the Kia Maintenance Menu to find out when your vehicle is due for it’s next service.

When the time for an oil change or other service comes, head to our service center’s online scheduling tool to book your appointment at any time, day or night!
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