Preparing for the next harsh winter: Two simple tips to help save you money down the road

Preparing for the next harsh winter: Two simple tips to help save you money down the road



Hello Loyal Beaverton Readers.

I want to thank all of our readers who have asked for help in the last couple of months. I appreciate the opportunity to be of assistance to my neighbors in all things auto related, not just buying and selling cars.


How can I prepare my car for the next ice storm?

After such a brutal ice/snowstorm we had several weeks ago here in Beaverton, I have had a number of local folks email or call in to inquire about ideas on how best to prepare for such storms, especially since harsh winters conditions could become more commonplace in the future.

Personally, I am sort of a freak when it comes to taking care of my vehicles, not just with the routine maintenance, but with both the interior and exterior. These vehicles we drive are big ticket items and the better informed and prepared we are for the care of our vehicles, the longer the vehicle will last and do what we need them to do. As with preventative medicine, proper preventative maintanence on our cars will keep them around for a long, long time.

Windshield Treatment: First off, I religiously put a nice windshield treatment or coating on all the glass of my vehicles. It really makes a huge difference and it’s amazing to see the rain, snow and ice clean off the surface of the car with ease.

Night-time glare, bird droppings, heavy rain, bugs, rock chips, cracks, and hard water spots are just a few of the road hazards that can make it more difficult to see the road ahead through a windshield, increasing the chances of an accident. Those problems can be solved by adding a hydrophobic windshield treatment or windshield coating.

Paint sealants, are another item that can definitely help a vehicle that is parked mostly outside, and this would include all of our 4 seasons here in Oregon.

Paint sealants are liquid compounds that are designed to bond to and protect the finishes once correctly applied. Paint sealants are popular on cars, trucks, RVs, boats, and even small personal aircraft. The purpose is to protect the vehicle’s finish from the sun, weather, contamination, and many other hazards. Not to mention how much easier it is to keep a vehicle clean.

That’s about it for this installment. Just like brushing your teeth or getting a physical at the doctor’s office regularly, following these two simple tips will go a long way in saving you money down the road.

Thank you all for reading.


If anyone needs help purchasing/leasing or finding a new or pre-owned vehicle (or selling one), please allow me to assist you. Email