Winter is finally fading away, which means there’s plenty of time to start preparing your car for spring. Waving goodbye to the cold means saying hello to warmer weather. Unfortunately, that warmer weather can cause some problems of its own. Take some time to prepare properly with these spring car care tips from us at Capital Toyota!
- Lights – Spring may bring warmer weather to the region, but it also brings heavy rains. Properly working lights are a necessity in normal driving conditions, let alone in heavy rains. Take the time to do a quick walk around your vehicle to make sure the headlights, taillights, and turn signals are all functioning properly. Replace any burnt bulbs as necessary.
- Wipers – If you’re like most drivers, odds are you found yourself using your windshield wipers frequently through the winter season. Snow, ice, and cold can do a number on wipers, which means you’re likely due for a new set. A new set is pretty inexpensive and your owner’s manual can provide installation instructions for your specific vehicle.
- Engine – Even if it wasn’t an issue in winter, your engine could have problems in warmer weather. Listen for odd sounds, rough idling, or anything else out of the ordinary. Have anything strange checked out by a professional before spring really arrives to avoid any potential problems.
Spring is rolling around which means tax season is in full swing. While it can be particularly painful, it’s important to file your taxes to avoid excessive fees and legal trouble. Keeping track of your financial records is just one part of filing your taxes for 2016. Here are a few simple tax tips from us at Capital Toyota to help you through the season.
- Home Office Deductions – If you own or rent your home, you can deduct some expenses resulting from your work on it. The IRS requires that the home must be your main place of business and the expenses must be exclusive to your work. Storage space and a home office can be deductions as well. You just have to work out the percentage of space in order to calculation the deduction.
- Car Expense Deductions – Traveling to meet clients and perform normal business is tax deductible as well. While this may seem like a true gem in the pile of tax forms, it’s important to keep accurate records. You can deduct wear and tear, insurance, gas, and mileage.
- Supplies – If you’re a creative type who sells crafts on platforms like Etsy or eBay, you can deduct the cost of materials and supplies as well. Anyone can take this deduction provided they fall under the category of ordinary business expenses.
While you’re working with your financial records, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pull your credit score either. Contact one of the main credit reporting agencies, such as FICO, and order a report. It could save you a hassle with lenders in the future!