Get your used car ready for a holiday road trip!

Get your used car ready for a holiday road trip!
Charlotte Toyota Service
Charlotte Toyota Service
Are you planning a road trip for the upcoming holiday season? Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are right around the corner, not to mention tons of opportunities to scope out fall foliage AND get a little skiing under your belt. However, if you don’t take the time to prep your Charlotte used car before you hit the road, you may not get very far… if anywhere. Toyota of N Charlotte is here to help with tips to get you ready! 

Know how to prepare your used car for highway drive time 

Before you start packing, take these tips into consideration: 
  • Clean your car. You don’t want to hit the highway in a car that’s dirty or cluttered – it makes for an unpleasant experience all around. Have our Charlotte auto service center get your ride like-new again! 
  • Stock up! You’ll want to have snacks and drinks for the trip, as well as necessities like medicine, phone chargers, and maps (if paper maps are still your thing). Be sure to pack these items in a bag or cooler that you can easily access from any of the passenger seats. 
Make sure you have the safety elements you need. If you’re traveling with children, you want to ensure that car seats or booster seats are properly installed in your Charlotte used car BEFORE you leave. If you’re traveling with pets, you’ll want to invest in a carry case or harness for them to keep them secure while the car is in motion. 

Toyota of N Charlotte shares tips for packing up your ride 

Then it’s time to pack! Check out these tips for packing up your preowned car in Charlotte for a holiday road trip: 
  • Don’t overdo it. Your car does have a weight limit, believe it or not, and our Charlotte Toyota service techs can help you figure out what it is so you can pack accordingly. Same goes for towing – know how much weight your ride can pull behind it before you hitch up and hit the road. You don’t want to damage the engine or structural components of your vehicle! 
  • Pack your used car carefully. Toyota of N Charlotte recommends putting heavy items toward the middle of the vehicle and on the bottom of the pile – put lighter items on top of and around these heavier items. And never stack gear to the ceiling; you should be able to see out the back of your car at all times. 
  • If you’re using roof racks, check with our auto service center in Charlotte to ensure they’re properly installed and you know how to pack them safely to avoid a rollover. 

And don’t forget about routine car maintenance! Before taking a road trip, schedule Charlotte Toyota service like: 

  • Tire inspection and rotation
  • Oil change
  • Fluid inspection 
  • Belts and hoses inspection
  • Brake service
  • Battery inspection
Ready to get your car service scheduled and take to the highway? Call us today at (888) 378-1214!