Winter can do a lot of damage to your vehicle, so it's always a good idea to get an auto repair inspection after the snow thaws. Here are some areas of your vehicle to pay special attention to.


Your tires take a big hit during winter. The tread on your tires can easily get worn after they are expected to stop your vehicle on snow and ice. It's important to at least check where your tires stand in terms of their tread and tire pressure. But one or more tires might need to be replaced.


Your engine may need some care after a long winter. Getting new oil and a new oil filter are simple measures that you can take to be kind to an engine that has worked hard all winter. If you had to get out of a lot of snowy spots in your car, your transmission should be checked as well.


If your battery almost didn't start during winter, it might have just been a circumstance of very cold temperatures. But it's a good idea to check how much juice your battery has left in it. Instead of potentially getting stuck somewhere with a dead battery, you can get it swapped out at a time that's convenient for you if you act early.


Windshields play an important role in keeping you safe when the weather is dreary outside. After the winter, your windshield wiper blades should be inspected and potentially swapped out. If the padding on the blades is worn thin, it could potentially scrape your windshield. Also look for any chips in your windshield. Unfortunately, this kind of damage is common in the winter, since there might be particles on the windshield that you aren't aware of that then get scraped across your windshield by the wipers. A speedy auto glass repair will save you from the cost of a full-blown windshield replacement down the road. That's because simple fixes can hold the glass together so that it doesn't crack any deeper.


One last part to check up on is your car's brakes. If you did a lot of driving this winter, you probably had to press down harder on the brakes than you would in the summer. This means that your brake pads could be worn or hydraulic fluids may be low. These are simple checks that can potentially save you from an accident.