What a good way to start the new year, by getting the cars all up to date and squared away. The deadline for the annual inspection for both cars is in December, though they are usually give you some leeway in terms of when you can get it done. Along these lines I know people that have waited as long as 6 months past the deadline. The risk you take in these situations is that if a cop pulls you over for an expired tag, then he can technically impound your car right then and there.
With just a week to spare before the end of the month, I decided to take it into Tip Top and get it done. Normally we go to Meunier but they usually have a waiting time of at least a week. Tip Top will usually take you the same day if you get there early enough. There were other car matters that needed attending to, as well, including changing the oil on both cars. So, I took some initiative and changed the oil on both cars, then took my car in for an inspection and then went to the car wash. The next day I took moms car for inspection, had it washed, then replaced the wiper blades, which were due for a change. I also topped off the wiper fluid and had her tires rotated.
It was a lot of little things that add up when you take care of them all at once. At least now we're good to go for a few months, which is good because we are heading into heavy snow season and changing the oil in frigid snowy weather is never a fun thing. I'm toying with the idea of getting an under-coating done on at least one of the cars, maybe both, but it's expensive. I'll have to ruminate on this one.
Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Alison Smith for the pic.