CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Salt, sand, dirt, snow and potholes, winter can take a toll on your car. But with the warmer months just around the corner, drivers are getting their vehicles ready for a gentler season.
"Well I was just vacuuming and cleaning the car because when spring comes you want to have the windows down and you don't want to have people see your mess," said Carmen Sanchez of Chicopee.
The auto wash in Chicopee saw a steady stream of motorists looking to wash away the corrosive residue that winter leaves behind.
"So far not so much damage to my car, just a lot of salt all over, so frequent washing," said Amy Kowal of Chicopee.
Local experts told 22News that going into spring and summer is a good time to check your fluids. Things like engine oil and windshield washer fluid.
"Basically maintenance. Check your belts, hoses, all your fluids, filters. Cycle things like air conditioning.
You'd hate to be half way to the beach and have things break down on you," said Dave Dutilly, the owner of Always Ready Automotive in Chicopee.
And even though people look forward to the pothole patching and smoother commutes that come with the warmer weather. Expect to dig a little deeper into your pocket.
More expensive summer blend gasoline begins selling in May.
AAA recommends you get your car serviced once every 5,000 miles.
After all, nobody wants a break down spoiling a road trip, or a day in the sun.