Summer Safety Supplies for Your Vehicle

Summer Safety Supplies For Your Vehicle | Spirit Lake, IA

Whether you’re sticking close to home or venturing farther away during the warmer months, it’s wise to be prepared for an emergency. Get ready for unexpected situations by stocking your vehicle with these important summer safety supplies.  

Water

Hot summertime temperatures can quickly cause dehydration, especially if you are doing any physical activity. If you are going out, be sure to bring along a water bottle along. Keep a case of water bottles in your trunk for an emergency.

First aid kit

You never know when someone in your family might fall on a hike and need some bandages. Keep a first aid kit in your car with antibiotic ointment, bandages, pain relievers, bug repellent, and a small supply of any prescriptions your family needs.

Sun shelter

If your vehicle brakes down and there is no nearby shade, it won’t take long for your car to get dangerously hot. A simple sun shelter, like a beach umbrella, can give you some shade while you wait for help.

Charged cell phone

You may have a few old cellphones sitting around your house. Charge one of them up, turn it off, and keep it in your car. Even if it doesn’t have service, you can use it to make emergency calls.

With these safety supplies, your vehicle will be well-prepared for summer adventures. For even more peace of mind, visit one of Motor Inn Auto Group’s Iowa locations and we’ll take care of all your vehicle’s scheduled service and any needed repairs.

How to Care for Your Idle Vehicle

Caring For Your Idle Vehicle | Spirit Lake, IA

If you have been staying at home more than usual lately, you’re probably leaving your car parked for longer periods of time, too. While you may be saving money on gas, there are still a few things you need to do to care for your idle vehicle.

Drive it

Every couple of weeks, take your car out for a drive. This could be a 20-minute drive down the highway or a more adventurous afternoon seeing new sights in Iowa. This keeps all the fluids moving and recharges the battery.

Check your tires

The longer your car sits in one spot, the more likely its tires are to develop flat spots. While this likely won’t happen after just a few weeks, problems could start to appear within a month. Moving or driving your car occasionally is the best way to avoid this. While you’re at it, make sure your tire pressure is at the recommended level, too.

Fill up the tank

You aren’t using as much gas as you used to, but you should still keep the tank full. When a vehicle sits for a while with a low tank, condensation can start to form in the fuel tank. This can potentially lead to rust. If the tank is full, condensation can’t form.

If your vehicle develops a problem while it sits idle or requires more serious care, we invite you to schedule a service appointment at one of our Motor Inn Auto Group dealerships throughout Iowa.

Important Tips for Sanitizing Your Car

Tips For Sanitizing Your Car | Spirit Lake, IA

In today’s world, sanitizing your car is more important than ever. Proper sanitization is a great way to protect yourself and your passengers — and it can also help preserve resale value and maintain the interior of your vehicle. From sanitizing high-touch surfaces to treating cloth and leather, here are the tips to keep in mind when cleaning your car.

Start by washing the hard surfaces with soapy water or disinfectant wipes. Most hand soap and dishwashing soap will work well if you wring out the cloth thoroughly. Wipe down high-touch surfaces, such as the door handles, the steering wheel, shifter, center console, turn signal, and seat belts.

For electronics and more delicate areas, spray a microfiber cloth with disinfectant or alcohol-based cleaner and then wipe the surface. Be wary of using ammonia-based products on screens and buttons, as these can degrade anti-glare coatings.

Treat fabrics by first vacuuming to remove any lose dirt. Upholstery shampoo is especially suitable for cloth fabrics on the seat and the carpet, while leather cleaner and conditioner will keep your leather surfaces smooth and well preserved. Avoid bleach-based cleaner so you don’t accidentally discolor fabric, and don’t forget about the headliner.

Finally, you can keep the interior especially clean by removing any garbage under the seats, and also pay attention to the HVAC system. Replace the cabin air filter if you haven’t in the past couple years, and spray compressed air into the vents to help clear out any dust and mold and to keep the cabin smelling fresh.

To learn more about safely and effectively sanitizing your car, contact one of our Motor Inn Auto Group service departments here in Iowa.

Ford Mustang Mach-E Preorders Pour in from All 50 States

Ford Mustang Mach-E | Spirit Lake, IA

Ford Mustang Mach-E preorders are coming in from all over the country, as customers in 50 states have now made reservations for this new model. The Mustang Mach-E is an all-electric performance vehicle, offering a new eco-friendly take on a classic American pony car. With extended range and a sporty look, the Mustang Mach-E has it all.

The Mach-E boasts an available 300 miles of range*, all-wheel drive, and a special GT trim level with boosted performance and added features. Its innovative powertrain is specially designed to handle snow and off-road driving.

“Since revealing the Mustang Mach-E last November, we have seen a high level of interest from customers around the world. We designed the Mustang Mach-E with the aim to deliver an electric, guilt-free, performance SUV while providing peace of mind through our strong dealership network,” said Mark Kaufman, Ford’s global director of electric vehicle marketing and distribution.

To ensure the success of the Mach-E, Ford is building up its FordPass Charging Network, which is the largest charging network in North America. Currently, there are more than 12,500 places to charge the Mustang Mach-E, including fast-charging sites.

The Mustang Mach-E has been especially popular in the West and Southwest, with the most orders in California, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, and Washington. Contact any of Motor Inn Auto Group’s five dealerships to learn more about Mach-E preorders here in Iowa.

*EPA-estimated mileage based on a full charge. Actual range varies with conditions such as external elements, driving behaviors, vehicle maintenance, and lithium-ion battery age.

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Car

Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Car | Spirit Lake, IA

As the days get longer and warmer, many drivers get the urge to do some spring cleaning. This is a good time to give your car a spiffing up, as well as take care of some routine maintenance. From your friends at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, here a few helpful tips for spring cleaning your car.

On the inside

The first thing to do is remove everything loose from the inside of the car, including trash like fast-food containers and empty coffee cups, and important things like your snow brush and floor mats. Run a vacuum over all of the inside surfaces to remove crumbs and dust. Give the floor mats a good scrubbing with a stiff brush and then vacuum them when they dry. Wipe down the dashboard, door panels, center console, and any other hard materials in the car with a soft rag and a mild cleaner. Use a special product for screens to clean the information panels.

On the outside

Wash the exterior of the car with a product that is formulated to protect the finish. Rinse well and remove water with a squeegee to avoid streaking. Clean the tires with a stiff brush and a toothbrush to get into tight spaces. Use a microfiber cloth and a non-ammonia cleaner to give the windows a good shine.

Regular maintenance

Spring is also a good time to schedule things like oil changes, tire rotations, battery checks and more. Be sure to check your tire pressure, fluid levels, and underside for leaks and rust damage.

For any maintenance you might need, don’t hesitate to contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake and schedule a checkup!