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Maintain Your Car and Buy More Shoes (Promoted Post)

By MARGO SCHLOSSBERG
Steve's Auto Repair and Tire
August 29, 2014 12:46 pm

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Super HeroineThere are many things in life that can never be too hot. Maybe it’s that new dress you bought or the sauce you put on your expertly cooked enchiladas. However, some things CAN be too hot, like your engine or your transmission and that can cause serious (and expensive problems).

OK, pull out your pencils- it’s math time. The average transmission should be flushed every 30,000 miles. (check your owner’s manual for your particular vehicle) (If you cannot find your manual many are online).

Let’s say that your car lasts to 120,000 miles. If you have maintained your vehicle you should have performed four transmission flushes at a cost of approximately $260 each for a total of $1,040. Still with me? The total cost of a new transmission is at least $2,900 installed. Now take the difference between the cost of your maintenance and the cost of buying a new transmission and you get $1,860.

That’s a heck of a lot of shoes, or nachos, or whatever else you care to spend your hard-earned money on. The bottom line is, waiting in order to save money in the short run isn’t really a savings.

The same holds true for regular oil changes. Regular oil changes help keep your engine lubricated and clean and unlike fine wine, engine oil does not get better with age. Regular oil changes will protect your engine. If these are avoided, dirty oil will stop lubricating the engine and eventually the engine will wear and fail.

If you feel comfortable in your current repair shop then they have done their job and you have done your homework (gold star for you!). However, if this is not the case, look for a shop you do feel comfortable in. When looking for the right shop take these things into consideration:

What to look for/ask when you are choosing a repair shop
– Look for a neat and organized shop. Look at online reviews for the shop, including filtered reviews.
-Look for signs of professionalism in the customer service area such as civic, community, or customer service awards.
– Look for evidence of qualified technicians: ASE certifications, trade-school diplomas. and certificates of advanced courses.
– Look for courteous staff. with a service consultant willing to answer all of your questions and who will break things down into safety, repairs and maintenance.
– Ask if there is a warranty and if the warranty covers parts and labor.

Be your car’s super hero. Give it the attention it needs and it will work to get you where you need to be. Speaking of which, I’ve got to go catch those Labor Day sales!

This article was written and posted by Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire. We are happy to take you on a tour of the inside or your car, show you where things are and how to check your fluids all at no charge. Please make an appointment to set this up through our website at  StevesAutoRepairVA.com

 

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