Automotive industry members give recommendations to help keep your car out of the shop

PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Winter weather has taken its toll on cars in Central Illinois the past few weeks.

Local automotive industry members said keeping a car running properly during the winter can keep it out of the shop and help keep money in the wallet.

Austin Lasley, a service manager at Tires Plus in Peoria, said to look at the cold cranking amps on the vehicle’s battery. The rating could help when starting a car in the winter.

“The lower they get, the harder it is for it to start up in this cold weather, that’s what we’ve had a lot of today, getting batteries taken care of because we’re at negative temperatures this week,” said Lasley.

Many people find themselves heating up their cars before driving away. Beachler’s Vehicle Care & Repair Owner Terry Beachler said people might want to think twice about doing that.

“Somebody’s not gonna

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