How to make sure your car recovers from winter damage

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – April is Car Care Month and drivers are reminded to get their cars ready for spring driving and summer road trips. John North, President and CEO of the Dayton Better Business Bureau, joined 2 NEWS Tuesday with a spring car care checklist.

Winter may be over, but it could still be secretly taking a toll on your vehicle.

“Hitting some of those potholes could affect the alignment, there may be other damage to the body underneath. The salt and the grunge that was on the road, be sure that you get that wiped off as well, so that doesn’t damage your car later on,” says North.

Many people say they have a hard time finding a trustworthy and dependable mechanic to make necessary repairs without trying to take advantage of unsuspecting drivers.

North suggests that when you begin searching for someone to work on your car, you start by asking your friends and family for recommendations, or even your car insurance provider.

He also recommends that you get three written estimates from separate mechanics before picking someone to make repairs on your vehicle.

“Not always is the lowest price the best price,” he warns. “What you need to do is shop around, get three estimates and then go in and get the feel of the shop. Is the shop clean? There’s always going to be dirt, grime, and oil around, but are their tools organized? Is the main facility clean?”

Be sure to pick a mechanic that you feel comfortable asking questions and that will give you real, valuable information back.

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