Did you resolve to save money this year? Maybe you want to reduce stress. How about manage debt a little better? Do you want to take a trip sometime in 2015? A new year always brings about new resolutions to improve things in our lives. We lead very busy lives and finding a way to get everything accomplished is sometimes challenging. My vehicle helps me meet my obligations. Without my car I would be more stressed, I’d be in more debt because I couldn’t get to work, and there’s no way I could take a trip to the grocery store much less a road trip to Vegas! When I think about the number of times I run errands to the store, post office, doctor appointments, lessons, school, work, movies, etc – I’d certainly be spending more money getting a taxi every time.
If I really stop and think about it, my car means a whole lot to maintaining my lifestyle and the freedom of choices I have. I depend on it greatly. My car just might be the second largest purchase I’ve made next to my home so I certainly want to take care of it and make it last as long as it can! So with a new year if you’ve made resolutions around saving money, reducing stress, managing debt, or even taking a trip somewhere – we can help! Preventative maintenance on your vehicle can save you thousands in repairs, reduce stressors because you won’t break down on the side of the road, manage your debt because you’ll budget for normal preventative service, and give you peace of mind to take that road trip without fear of breaking down – all while ensuring you achieve your 2015 Resolutions!
The first and probably most important step to saving automotive repair dollars in 2015 is to use a qualified automotive garage to have your regular oil changes done. I’m not talking about a 10 minute fast lube. Most drivers don’t know what their service table is or what preventative maintenance is required for their cars. Lube shops and ten minute oil change companies are not interested in the longevity of your vehicle – they are interested in getting you in and out as fast as possible because their business model depends on you getting in and out QUICKLY. An independent automotive garage is focused on safety and increasing the life of your vehicle and they hire quality automotive technicians with years of experience. These employees are professionals that know how to spot problems before they result in pain. The approach is different and so are the results!
Another cost saving measure is to properly air your tires. This can improve gas mileage and rotating them every 5-10K miles will ensure even wear and improve longevity. You can find your tire pressure requirements on a sticker usually in the driver door frame. If your Tire Light comes on (you know, that exclamation point), simply pull in to a gas station with air and check the pressures. If you correct pressures and the light remains on, call your local garage – but most of the time, correcting the pressures to the PSI detailed on the sticker in your door will eliminate this light!
A third huge money saving tip is to avoid doing other things while you’re driving. Eating, smoking, texting or surfing the web while driving are all distractions that impair our driving capabilities. Eating whilst driving increases your odds of an accident by 80%! Isn’t that alarming? How many times have you driven down the road and witnessed someone looking at their cell phone? Even more scary, how many of you have been run off the road by someone who had their phone out? These are costly mistakes that create stressful situations.
To sum it up, in 2015 you can save money, reduce stress, budget car care, and take a road trip in your trusty vehicle simply by doing one thing – bring your car to CAR Clinic for your oil changes. We take the stress out of car ownership by keeping up with the maintenance table. We recommend service when it’s time. We prepare you for upcoming wear and tear items so you don’t break down unaware that you even had a problem! Because we know preventative maintenance on your vehicle can save you thousands in repairs, reduce stressors because you won’t break down on the side of the road, manage your debt because you’ll budget for normal preventative service, and give you peace of mind to take that road trip without fear of breaking down!
It’s January – why don’t you give us a call today to get scheduled in for your first oil change and health check of the year. Get those New Year’s Resolutions kicked in to high gear!