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Preparing Your Used Car for National City's Summer Heat
Car Maintenace & Tips

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Summer is right around the corner, and with it comes the intense heat and sun of National City. While the sunny weather is nice, it can really do a number on your vehicle if you're not prepared. Used cars especially need a little extra care and maintenance to withstand National City's hot summer temperatures.


Before the full heat of summer hits, be sure to get your used car ready by following these helpful tips. Giving your vehicle a pre-summer checkup and tune-up will help avoid any issues caused by the heat and keep your car running optimally all season long. Things like air conditioning, fluids, hoses, tires, and more need to be top-notch to prevent problems.

Follow this guide on how to get your used car ready for the hot summer ahead in National City. Taking the time for some preventative care now will ensure your vehicle is summer-ready and road trip reliable when temperatures start to rise.


  • Check the air conditioning system - Make sure your A/C is blowing cold air and get any leaks or issues repaired before temperatures rise. Recharge the refrigerant if needed.
  • Inspect the radiator and cooling system - Flush the radiator and replace any cracked or worn hoses. Make sure the cooling system is in good working order to prevent overheating.
  • Check engine fluids - Top off antifreeze/coolant, engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid if they are low. High heat can cause fluids to break down faster.
  • Get a tune-up - Have the spark plugs, filters, belts, and battery checked. A tune-up helps the engine run more efficiently and prevents problems.
  • Check the tires - Inspect tire treads and inflation pressure. Uneven tread wear or low pressure tires don't perform well in high heat.
  • Tint the windows - Adding tint helps block UV rays and keeps the interior cooler. Darker tint is allowed on rear windows.
  • Detail the exterior - Wax and wash the car thoroughly. A clean, waxed exterior prevents sun damage. Apply UV protectant to interior plastic and vinyl.
  • Clean the interior - Vacuum and shampoo carpets and seats. Remove clutter and trash that can absorb and trap heat.
  • Consider seat covers - Seat covers protect upholstery and help keep occupants cool. Breathable cotton is a good summer fabric.

Staying on top of maintenance and giving your used car a little TLC before summer really heats up will help it run smoothly all season long despite National City's intense temperatures. Let me know if you need any other summer car prep tips!

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