With its cozy heated seats, the smell of your aromatherapy air freshener, and your favorite tunes playing, you couldn't be blamed for thinking, "My car is my home... or at least my 'second home.'"
Today's cars are comfy, safe, and they come with infotainment systems that rival many home systems in quality and programming — though perhaps not screen size. With the features available now, we can feel perfectly at home in our vehicles.
Even if you don't think of your car this way, chances are you spend a significant amount of time driving every year. According to AAA, the national average adds up to seven 40-hour work weeks. With that much time spent there, it's understandable to want to take care of your car as much as you do your house.
My Car Is My Home
There's nothing wrong with thinking of your car as your second home. First, many Americans have seen the same car passed down through generations of their family. Second, automakers know how their customers feel about their cars. That's why they've designed better adjustable seats, better infotainment systems, better climate control, and in some cars, installed more cup holders than there are seats.
You don't have to settle for the way your car rolled off the assembly line either. There is an infinite variety of aftermarket adjustments available, from plush-lined, embroidered mudguards and console covers to custom seat cushions and steering wheel wraps. You can even install your own stereo system with as many speakers as you want!
A car rarely costs as much as an actual home, but it's still a significant investment that requires regular upkeep. It's important to take care of your "second home" so it can keep you safe and comfortable throughout the years.
Some things you can do to take care of your car include:
- Maintain the paint - Basic paint upkeep takes about 15 minutes a week, according to car care experts. Invest in a good car cleaning shampoo and a microfiber wash mitt and drying towel. Remove bird droppings or other debris spots as quickly as possible, as they can damage the paint underneath.
- Perform routine maintenance - This includes oil changes, checking and replacing belts and fluids, and tire care. Check your tires regularly to make sure they're properly inflated and take advantage of free tire rotation if your tire provider offers it. Get your car checked as quickly as possible if one of your warning lights comes on; while these lights often just mean it's time for routine maintenance, sometimes they're more serious.
- Check the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website for car safety recalls - If your car has a recall, follow dealer instructions and get the problem repaired as soon as possible. All safety recall repairs must be repaired at no cost to you.
Your "Second Home" Needs Coverage Too
You wouldn't dream of owning a home without homeowners insurance. Even if you've taken great care of your car, at some point it may need unexpected repairs. An extended warranty from Protect My Car can cover repair costs and will also provide you with 24/7 roadside assistance.
Keep your car's interior and exterior clean, stay on top of regular maintenance, and shop the best auto repair plans — like an extended warranty from Protect My Car, which covers cars under 10 years old with fewer than 125,000 miles. Or go with Protect My Car's Ambassador Policy for most other vehicles regardless of age or miles. Get a quote today!