Updated: 02/03/2014 9:17 AM
Created: 02/03/2014 9:12 AM KSTP.com
By: Naomi Pescovitz
We have all been there. You are stuck with a flat tire, a dead battery or your heat stops working all on a freezing cold morning. It has been a rough winter for you and your car.
KSTP called about a half-dozen car repair shops around the Metro. On average, they tell us they are seeing about 20 percent more cars this year compared to last winter.
"We've been seeing a lot of cars with suspension issues, pot holes, people complaining about tires not contacting the ground and gripping properly," said Miguel Mitchell, Store Manager at Honest-1 Auto Care in Eagan.
"A lot of time when people look at tires, they look at the tread measurements, but you also want to look at the actual shoulders of the tire, and how it's wearing. If you look at the outside as opposed to the inside, you can see a big difference on wear," Mitchell said.
You can also tell a lot about the health of a car by looking underneath.
"Basically what we look for is the amount of rust and corrosion under the vehicle," Mitchell said.
Mitchell says getting an under-body wash can help prevent rust.
"The good thing about it is you can take it to a car wash, wash all of that stuff off periodically, so that it doesn't start to rust and corrode," Mitchell said.
Mitchell says oil changes are one of the best preventative measures to keep your car out of the shop.
"Aside from just your basic simple maintenance, the owner's manual will give you a guideline on when things should be done. If you follow that to the T, make sure you don't try to skip or avoid things, your vehicle should last," Mitchell said.