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If you have a car show coming up, you need to prepare in the right way. It can be a whole lot of fun, but without the proper foresight you could be missing out on the best show experience. Make sure you do the following things so your event is all enjoyment with no downsides:


Fire it Up

The last thing you want to do is show up to the show with a car that is leaking oil, doesn’t run clean, and has a clanking noise coming from it. This might not seem likely because of how well you treat your car, but anything could happen between the time you last checked it out and arriving at the show. Replace the oil, top off the transmission fluid, and make sure it’s turning over like a charm.


Clean it Inside and Out

A simple wash down in the driveway isn’t going to cut it with your preparation for the car show. Make sure you give it a deep cleaning and polish on the outside. Then, get a vacuum and get every spec you can find in the interior, in addition to wiping down hard surfaces. A little work now will go a long way in wowing the crowd.


Check Your Paperwork

Usually, you will need to verify that you own the car with insurance, registration, and your ID when you arrive. Make sure these are tucked away safely and keep them on you at all times. They’re something you hope you don’t need often but when you do it’s a nightmare if you can’t find them.


Prepare for the Road

You might find yourself joining a group of car lovers on the road after the show. If that’s the case, you’ll want a spare tire as your first item to pack. Secondly, air up your tires so they get better mileage and make sure your tank is above half full.


Going to a car show is a great way to show off your pride and joy and connect with other car lovers. However, if you don’t put the prep work in at the beginning, you might be regretting it. So make sure to use the checklist above and get your car and your paperwork in order so you can focus on the activities and not the formalities.


When Hal Abramson is not promoting his most recent food festival, you can catch him at a car or boat festival. Keep up with Abramson’s festivals and travels by following him on Twitter!