Four Tips to Spring-Cleaning Your Car

Spring is finally here; dispersing the chilly days of winter. Along with warmer weather, spring brings the phenomenon of “spring-cleaning.”  While spring-cleaning is often associated with the deep-cleaning of a house or room, the practice can also be applied to vehicles. Car owners can bring spring-cleaning to their car and have it ready for activities ranging from a family road trip to their daily commute with four simple tips.

Here are Four Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Car:

Don’t Forget the Trunk: Spring is the best time to start anew, and the best way to start anew with vehicles is to clean out the trunk. The trunk is a vehicle amenity that is often taken for granted. Car owners seem to not utilize the space provided and haphazardly throw a number of items into the back; ranging from long-forgotten moving boxes to beach chairs. Car owners should take the time to remove these items and divide them into two categories: necessary items and unnecessary items. Some necessary items that should stay in the trunk are tool kits, flashlights, and spare tires. Some unnecessary items that should leave the trunk are clothing, groceries, and leftover trash.

No More Crumbs, No More Dirt: It’s inevitable, whether it’s through eating a fast-food meal or clambering into the car with muddy shoes, the interior of a vehicle will get dirty. It may not seem too noticeable at first, but after awhile it can be an eyesore. Even worse, it could attract multiple unwanted pests or bugs. To prevent this from happening, car owners should wipe down the interior of their vehicle and follow up with a vacuum to make sure no spec of dirt or crumb is left behind.

Center Console Declutter: Similar to the trunk, car owners seem to stick items into the center console and forget them; leaving a cluttered mess. In the spirit of spring-cleaning to venture and transform places rarely touched, the center console should be one of them. With a clean center console, car owners have the benefit of more storage and more organization.

Make it Sparkle: In the winter months, it is common for a vehicle to take a lot of wear and tear from the elements. During that time, a vehicle may be covered in dirt, snow or salt from the road. However, now it is spring and the last thing any car owner wants to see is a filthy car. Take the time to wash a vehicle, rid it of any unappealing grim, and make it sparkle. If a car owner feels exceptionally motivated, they can put a little wax on their vehicle to give it that extra shine.

Auto Industry Bands Against Trump and Potential Import Tariffs

The U.S. auto industry is banding together in a lobbying effort to prevent President Trump from implementing new import tariffs of up to 25 percent. In an industry divided on policy more often then not, this lobbying effort shows just how serious this potential threat is to several groups in the auto industry; including automakers, dealers, parts suppliers, and aftermarket companies.

The new potential tariffs the auto industry is so vehemently against come as a recommendation in the Commerce Department report that was given to President Trump earlier this year. The Commerce Department report is a result of an investigation under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, to understand how imports of light vehicles and parts impacted national security. Although the Commerce Department claims the report or recommendation is for national security, it is more likely to help President Trump in his trade industry aspiration. More specifically, to help President Trump have a bargaining chip as he continues his trade talks with Japan, China, and the European Union.

The auto industry is taking action to prevent the new tariffs through lobbying and coordinating “fly-ins,” bringing in dealers and top auto executives to argue their position at the Capitol. This aggressive measure is happening due to the amount of damage 25 percent import tariffs could have on the auto industry; encompassing a steep increase in vehicle expenses, and hundreds of thousands of job losses. A 2018 Center for Automotive Research study puts this damage into calculated amounts. It estimates an increase in new vehicle prices by $4,400, imported vehicle prices by $6, 875 and domestically-made vehicle prices by $2,270. The research study also provides the estimated number of jobs that will be lost, which is at more than 700,000.

In addition to the monetary damage, it can be assumed these tariffs would cause additional trade or business strains with other countries. The business relationships the U.S. auto industry has with other countries are already strained with the decline in auto sales, the rise in interest rates, the increase in vehicle transaction prices, and President Trump’s recently passed steel and aluminum tariffs. These 25 percent tariffs, metaphorically speaking, would only be fuel to the fire.

It is still uncertain whether or not the auto industry will succeed in its lobbying effort or if President Trump will pass the 25 percent tariff. According to section 232 Trump has until May 18 to make a decision. However, as stated by White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, President Trump may take longer.