You’re a real estate agent. That’s means you’re in sales, and for sales professionals, your car is your office, friend, confidant, and travel partner. And considering you drive for a huge portion of your job, your car is not something to overlook. Make sure you treat it with the respect it deserves.
You Don’t Need to be a Mechanic
Keeping an eye on your car doesn’t mean you need to have garage experience. Paying attention to your car ?? how it drives, how it sounds, how it takes off from a green light ?? is as easy as, well, paying attention. You know something is up if you hear a rattle of a whine when you shift into drive. You know something’s wrong if you suddenly smell fumes or hear your brakes squeal. Taking care of these small problems early can head off big problems later. If you can’t fix it, take it to someone who can. Just don’t ignore it.
Tires, Tires, Tires
It’s wise to know how to change a tire in the event of a flat. But whether you know how to change one or not, check the condition of your tires from time to time. Tires are a barometer of car health and they never lie about how good the tires themselves are. Bald tires, or tires bald on one edge, can signal an alignment issue. Cracked or rough-looking tires can be a sign that your wheel could blow. Keep your tires healthy and full of air and you won’t need to worry about changing them on the freeway at 8 a.m., en route to an important meeting.
Run Hot and Cold (When Appropriate)
Make sure your car’s air conditioning system is up to snuff before taking a ride in the Texas summer. The last thing you want is to show up to meet a client, sweating through your shirt and smelling like you need a shower. Your car is part of your professional image, and while people are forgiving for one-time issues like the AC dying on you, they’ll notice your rumpled appearance if it happens again (and again). Likewise, make sure the heater is working, because no on wants to go to work freezing.
Wipers, Lights, and Signals
Here’s the thing about windshield wipers ?? you never think about them until they don’t work. Old, worn wipers leave streaks and smears, and that’s not just annoying, that’s dangerous. En route to a showing you’re already running late to (i.e., driving a little faster to) is no time to fight to see. Change wipers regularly. Likewise, you don’t want to have a missing headlight, brake light, or signal light. You could get pulled over, or it could lead to an accident.
By the Numbers
Keep important car care numbers in your car, in your briefcase, and programmed into your phone. Have numbers for your mechanic, nearby garages, tire centers, tow trucks, and road service providers handy. Remember ?? you’ll only need them when you’re in a bad spot, when you won’t be able to get them easily.