Before you head out on the highway this spring or summer for a long-overdue road trip, make sure to take some time to care for your vehicle. Whether it has been sitting in the garage for the past year or if it only makes short commutes to work and the local grocery store, preparing for a long trip is something that everyone should do. At LaCava Auto Parts, we offer a wide range of products, car parts, and accessories that you can use to take care of all your vehicle maintenance. From oil changes and filter replacements to 30,000 or 100,000-mile services, can all be accomplished with the items you will find at our auto parts store in Fall River.
Check the Tires
If it’s been a while since you’ve checked your tires, now is the time to do it. Ensure that your tires are in good condition and that they are properly inflated to get the best miles per gallon on your trip. If they need to be replaced, don’t hesitate – make sure to get it done. It will be a lot cheaper to do it at home from a trusted mechanic or tire supply store instead of on the road at the mercy of whatever shop is the closest.
Check the Brakes
How long has it been since you’ve gotten a brake job done on your vehicle? Do you do your own brakes? If you take care of this type of service yourself, you know what to look for and will quickly tell if you should replace the pads, get the rotors turned, or replace the whole setup. Make sure you do this before any trip, regardless of the time of year or the weather. We have everything you need at LaCava Auto Parts to help you make sure that your vehicle is in safe and proper working order.
Check the Engine
Don’t wait for a “check engine light” to come on to make sure that your engine is in good working shape. If you do not have a lot of experience working with motors and more advanced mechanics, consider bringing it to the dealership or a local mechanic that you trust to take a look. It is worth the peace of mind in knowing that everything is in good working order. A reputable mechanic will check everything for you, including the belts and hoses, essential fluids, and other systems.
Replace Your Wiper Blades
This might sound like a small and simple thing, but if you drive through unfamiliar territory and a rainstorm pops up out of nowhere, and your wiper blades are still wrecked from winter snow and ice, you will wish you had done this ahead of your trip. Wiper blades are cheap and easy to put on your vehicle. Invest in a good pair and be done with it.
Check Your Battery
Regardless of the age of your battery, it is a good idea to at least get your battery checked by a professional before you get going. At LaCava Auto Parts, we offer FREE battery checks to our customers to avoid getting stuck in the middle of nowhere with a dead battery. If you need to clean or replace your battery, we have all of the tools, cleaning fluids, and name-brand batteries you need to get your vehicle in good shape. Not sure what you need? Our friendly team can answer any questions you might have and provide you with options for car parts and accessories based on the make, model, and year of your vehicle.
Bring Roadside Gear
When you pack for your trip, don’t just bring your swimsuit and a towel. Make sure to pack some roadside gear that will help you out in case of an emergency. Even if your insurance company or the manufacturer offers roadside assistance, it might be hours before anyone shows up to help. Learning how to change your own tire, put out road flares, jump a battery with cables or one of those new electronic devices, and having the tools necessary to get the job done can save you in a pinch. A first aid kit, a portable USB power pack so you can call for help, a flashlight, a multitool, blankets, and extra clothing – these are all great things to keep in a crate or your trunk for emergency use.
Visit LaCava Auto Parts
Please stop by our auto parts store in Fall River to browse our extensive stock of car parts and accessories to help you prepare for a road trip or everyday use. You can visit our store on Bedford Street in Fall River or give us a call at 508-676-1951. We carry all the big brand names, and if there are specialty parts or products that we don’t have in stock, we can order them for you via manufacturer catalogs. Call today or stop by our auto supply in Fall River to shop all of our parts, tools, and products.