4 Ways to Winterize Your Vehicle With TECHNET ~ #TECHNETPros #TECHNETWorks #ServiceAndRepair #ServiceLocal



The holidays are over and the kids are back in school, however old man winter is here and he's here to stay with some states experiencing snowstorms and blizzards. I personally hate driving in wintery conditions, the roads can be hazardous, and if your vehicle isn't ready for the roads, I would suggest getting your vehicle winterized. Since winter generally lasts through the months of March, it's better to be safe than sorry.

This post is sponsored by TECHNET, however all opinions are mine alone.



I have done quite a few posts on prepping your vehicle for winter and for road trips, whether they are summer road trips or winter road trips. Vehicle maintenance is a big deal. Not only does undergoing routine maintenance help maintain the value of your vehicle, but you want to be sure that your vehicle is road trip ready and able to get you to your final destination, whether that may be to the supermarket or taking the kids to and from school. While there are a few things that you can do on your own, such as check your oil and coolant level, there are also some things that you should leave to a competent mechanic, and a mechanic you can trust.

My family currently drive German made cars and there are a few maintenance details that my husband insists that we get done at the dealership, but as most car owners know, dealership fees aren't always the cheapest and to be honest, most maintenance work can be done outside of the dealership, especially if you want to save money. That's why I want to introduce you to TECHNET.


TECHNET shops can provide for all your vehicle's needs, from an oil change, to new tires, routine maintenance, or any other variety of little fixes your car needs to be prepared for anything!

Why Choose TECHNET
Getting your car serviced at a local shop supports and strengthens your family's community. On average, 48% of each purchase at local independent businesses is recirculated locally, compared to less than 14% of purchases at chain stores.

Why Trust TECHNET?
By choosing a local, family owned, independent shop you can trust that they will take the time and care to service your vehicle with the safety of the community and your family in mind!


So how should you prep your vehicle for winter? Here are 4 things you should consider doing.

1. Replace your old wiper blades
While it's great to replace your wipers every six months, having brand new wiper blades, preferably winter blades can hep with ice build up. Be sure to stock up on winter windshield wiper fluid (which is freeze-resistant) and keep an ice-scraper on hand.

2. Replace worn tires 
Replace worn tires and if you live in a state that receives a lot of snow, you may also want to think about investing in a set of winter tires, instead of your usual all-season tires. Winter tires gives you better traction in snowy conditions. Be sure to check your tire pressure, don't forget to also check your spare and consider getting a wheel alignment once you replace your tires. 

3. Replace/refill fluids and replace filters
Getting an oil change isn't the only thing to think about. You should also refill your coolant especially in the winter. Be sure that you're using the correct mixture to prevent your radiator from freezing. Consider replacing your air, oil and fuel filter as well. 

4. Check your battery and brakes
A thorough inspection of your battery and brakes will ensure that your car is ready for winter. While you can take a look for cracks in the battery cables, the only way you can ensure that you have a battery that will take you through winter is by having a professional mechanic take a look with their equipment. Having your brakes checked will also ensure that you're safe on the road.  


Your TECHNET mechanic can do all of the above when it comes to winterizing your vehicle and so much more. In the fall of 1997, TECHNET Professional Automotive Service was established to provide independently owned service centers the technical solutions, ongoing training, and business resources needed to advance their service centers; allowing them to help more motorists in their own communities. Today, TECHNET Professional Automotive Service, has grown into the TECHNET Nation, an extensive network of more than 9,200 Member shops across North America. TECHNET shops provide customers with dependable service and quality parts backed by a Nationwide Warrant, a Road Hazard Tire Protection Plan, and a Roadside Assistance Program. It's called "Confidence Delivered." For more information, visit TEHCNET and schedule an appointment with your local professional.

Annmarie John
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68 comments:

  1. What great tips for helping winterize your vehicle. Plus now I am going to have to look into TECHNET for our cars here, too! :)

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    1. You'll certainly save some money if you do. I remember we would pay over a hundred for just an oil change at the dealership, when we go to our TECHNET mechanic, the price is cut by half and they do the same job. Totally worth it.

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  2. This service sounds amazing I wish they were available where I live

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    1. Have you checked, because they're available everywhere. You can find your local TECHNET mechanic by doing a quick search on their site.

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  3. You managed to pack so much great and critically useful information into this article. Although I have done a few of these for our family vehicle it looks like I forgot a few things. Thank you!

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    1. You're very welcome. Don't feel bad, because while I know this, I don't always do it myself. There's always bound to be something that you forget.

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  4. These are definitely great tips overall. My husband does all he can to get the cars ready for the different seasons, especially winter. I checked out Technet and was shocked at how many of my local shops were listed. Our main auto shop is on there. Good to know.

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    1. That's awesome! It's always best to go local and your local mechanics are actually really nice too. I remember when my daughter had her first car, a VW Beetle, TECHNET was the most affordable when she needed service.

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  5. I know my friends in the Midwest will certainly appreciate this post. I live in NYC and don't drive... lol.

    xo,
    Suzanne

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    1. I used to live in NYC as well and I had quite a few friends with cars. TECHNET just isn't here in this state, but is nationwide, so I'm pretty sure that your friends who do drive, no matter where they live will appreciate it.

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  6. I don't have a vehicle because it seems like me and my fiance are moving every other year, so we don't want to invest in one only to move soon after. But these sound like some good tips!

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    1. I can totally understand that. When I lived in NYC we didn't own a vehicle either although we had drivers license, but we would rent every once in a while if we needed to go somewhere. Having a car certainly isn't "cheap".

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  7. I'll keep these in mind. I'm in Texas so it doesn't get SO cold, but we did have freezing rain. My husband did replace my wipers. He said they were terrible and wanted to know why I went so long with wipers that were falling apart. They worked fine to me, but I guess not!

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    1. You really should replace your wipers at least twice a year, every 6 months. I try and do so, but I don't always remember either because mine always seem to work fine to me too.

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  8. Yay! I have to give TECHNET a look. Going to the dealership is downright painful, even for the smallest things.

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    1. Tell me about it, especially with our make cars. I used to dread going there for the little things, and don't get me started on the big stuff.

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  9. I haven't heard of Technet before. I don't do anything to our cars, my husband does all that stuff. Thankfully living in Florida, we don't have to winterize our cars. :-)

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    1. You may not have to winterize your car, but you still have to do the maintenance and upkeep to make sure that it's running smoothly, and TECHNET can help you do that as well.

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  10. I love places that support local suppliers and businesses. It's really important that you make sure that you're ready for the winter, from your home to your car. Imagine risking your safety if you don't do this.

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    1. Whenever winter comes around, I make sure that my car is ok especially since I have to take the kids to/from school. I want to be sure that they're safe, just as I am.

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  11. It is great that you can support a local business. I know it gets very cold here in winter and is important to make sure you are safe on the road. Sounds like a good company :)

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    1. It is a good idea to support local, it not only helps out the business but the community on a whole. With winter being here, it is a good idea to get your vehicles serviced and stay safe on the road.

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  12. I am always looking for a good and trusted mechanic to care for our cars and be honest about it. I will look for Technet by me because we will be taking a trip soon in winter.

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    1. That's what we mostly look for, a good and trusted mechanic. You can be sure that there will be a TECHNET mechanic near by. Have a safe trip.

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  13. We try to use local mechanics as well. My husband likes to go and get a second opinion from them, because we find that sometimes the dealerships will add on services that aren't needed. I think TECHNET will be perfect for us.

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    1. That is so true. A few months ago I took my car in because there was an issue, they told me I needed new wiper blades, the funny thing was, I had just replaced the wiper blades through them just about 3 weeks prior. I told him that if their wiper blades only lasted 3 weeks then I needed a refund.

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  14. I have to get into the habit of checking my battery and fluids more often. The winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles!

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    1. Yes it can and you're not alone. My husband is the one who usually takes care of anything related to the car. Luckily my vehicle tells me when I'm low on anything and if it wasn't for that, I'd probably be running on empty.

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  15. This is such great information as our mechanic moved away. We need to find a new and reliable one. This is the perfect service to help us do that! Hank you for sharing this!

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    1. You're very welcome. It can be tough when your trusted mechanic is no longer around. Luckily TECHNET mechanics are all trusted mechanics, so you should be ok.

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  16. We don't have much of a winter here in South Louisiana, however these are great tips! I need to visit my local mechanic asap

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    1. No matter where you live TECHNET can help service your vehicle. They are everywhere, you just need to find your closest one.

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  17. Making sure your brakes are good is important for every season. You never want your brakes to fail on you.

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    1. No you do not. My vehicle tells me how much more miles I have on my brakes, but even then I'll be changing once I think there's a problem.

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  18. These are some really great tips, I have to admit I've forgotten to do the battery in previous years and it has gone flat, I try and do a decent length trip across the winter more often to keep it running now.

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    1. Oh no! So sorry to hear that. I've only replaced the battery on my car once, and that was for our road-trip minivan. I actually did it on my own, and that was because like you, I left it idle for too long and it died.

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  19. Great tips for winterizing your car for the winter months. Check the battery in your car is so important to a car maintenance in the winter.

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    1. Well not just checking your battery, but also your tires and your fluids. What's the sense of having a good battery if your tires are bare with no traction for the roads?

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  20. Safety is our number one priority as parents who drive their kids around. I think it's great that we have Technet for all our needs especially when winter rolls in.

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    1. That is very true. I remember when I didn't have kids, I really didn't care too much about vehicle maintenance, now that I do, I worry all the time.

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  21. Oh boy - and it gets SO cold here. Everything needs to be changed. True story - Cassidy bought his old car in California and only lived there with it for several years. Out here, we used to joke that the car was balking at us for moving it to a cold climate. It never was the same.
    We have to do the wiper blades SO often.

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    1. You must really use your wiper blades a lot. I generally only change mine twice a year. It's no good having blades when you have snow and it can't wipe them off.

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  22. What a great post and super informative. I had no idea about half of these things, I usually let my husband deal with this! But now I'm glad I know!

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    1. I let my husband deal with the big stuff, but I know that if he's not around I need to be able to deal with things myself as well. Luckily for both of us TECHNET can help too!

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  23. So much to do! I must check Technet! Thank you for sharing this great info!

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    1. You're very welcome. How often do you take your vehicle to a mechanic? Or do you have a trusted mechanic that you see regularly?

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  24. I've never heard of Technet, but can't wait to check them out! It sounds like the perfect company!

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    1. They are really pretty good. They sure saved me a lot on my latest oil change and I'm so grateful. Those dealerships overdo it with their prices.

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  25. These are really helpful tips! I will definitely check out TECHNET!

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    1. Thank you and you really should. Although CO hasn't had much of a winter this year, you can never be too careful.

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  26. Technet sounds great for winterizing your car. In Los Angeles we don't do a lot of winterizing our cars because it does not get very cold here.

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    1. Even though it doesn't get cold, you still need to keep up the maintenance of your vehicle and TECHNET can help.

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  27. Great list to make your care safe for the winter. I also like the car accessories that make it looks like a reindeer.

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    1. Thank you and I have a confession to make. I wrote this post around Christmas so our car was decorated for the holidays.

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  28. sounds like Technet have great service! I wish there was one in my country!

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    1. Oh I'm so sorry to hear that. Do you not have something comparable? If not then you might have to move to the US. 😉

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  29. You can not cut corners when it comes to the maintenance of your car. Winter is definitely an important time to keep the car in shape because it's too cold outside to be walking if your car breaks down.

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    1. No you cannot, and while you can possibly get away with it in the summer when it's hot, winter is an entirely different story.

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  30. Great tips! Tech-net sounds amazing. I will show my husband these tips, as he is the "car" person of our household.

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    1. TECHNET is amazing and while you're showing your husband how great it is, be sure to check it out for yourself too. As a woman, we need to be able to take care of things like these ourselves as well.

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  31. I don't have a vehicle right now. If i did though these would be great tips for winter.

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    1. Well whenever you do get a vehicle, just remember that TECHNET is there to help you take care of it.

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  32. Am not good at cars, and glad that my partner is good at it (i only incharge in making sure it is clean!). These are good pointers!

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    1. That used to be me, but I’ve gotten a lot more independent. I do have to say that having a good mechanic on hand is also a good idea.

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  33. I am surprised I haven't seen a TECHnet store locally in Southern California. Maybe it's because we don't have the more extreme weather of other regions. In fact, I'm told it hasn't even snowed here since the 30s and we are having a crazy mild winter right now. Rained just once or twice. That is a good list of things to check as the weather changes though.

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    1. They're nationwide and not generally called TECHNET. They're your local neighborhood mechanic. Just use their store locator and you should be able to find one.

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  34. This sounds like an awesome place to take a car. I usually take my vehicle to the dealership, but I will need to look at the store locator to see where I have a TECHNET near me. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's where I would go for the big stuff, but things like oil changes can be done anywhere or even a tire replacement. Support your local mechanic.

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