The ABCs of Car Care
Basic car care is as simple as going back to your ABCs, and something that the not-for-profit Car Care Council advises to remind yourself of regularly. The thing is, we lead such busy lives, and our vehicles play a pivotal role in ensuring we carry out all our daily tasks—be it going to work, picking up the kids from school, dropping them at childcare or clubs, having a much-deserved weekend away, going on vacation….
But guess what? We’re all somewhat guilty of ignoring our car’s basic needs. And then? Shock horror! We’re completely surprised when they let us down at the most inopportune moment.
Being as your vehicle is probably your second biggest life investment, this simply will not do. So following the three simple steps of these ABCs not only ensures your car runs efficiently but also reduces the likelihood of future complicated and expensive repairs.
As easy as A…. B…. C…
- A: Always follow a vehicle service schedule. This will be detailed by the manufacturer, and it’s good practice to stick to what they recommend. Trying to eke out a few extra thousand miles between services might seem money-saving at the time, but when you’re stuck with a big repair bill due to poor maintenance it sure won’t feel like it then.
- B: Be sure to have your car inspected when you suspect there’s a problem. In other words, if it doesn’t feel (or sound) right, then it most likely isn’t. Get it checked by a professional and hopefully you’ll only have to fork out for some minor repair work. Plus, poorly running cars equal poor levels of safety: certainly not something anyone wants from their wheels at any time.
- C: Correct the problem to help avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down away from home. Pretty self-explanatory, and boils down to common sense.
Take advantage of free service schedule plans and reminders
The Car Care Council offers a free assistance that provides a personalized service schedule and email reminders. That way you’ve no reason to forget your necessary car maintenance, and you can easily book into a trusted garage or perhaps take advantage of one of the many Jiffy Lube locations situated nationwide.
This trusted household name can carry out pretty much every aspect of vehicle maintenance and servicing wherever you might live. So if you need an oil change in Orlando, a battery in Biscayne, or brake pads in Boca Raton, you can be guaranteed that a quick online search for Jiffy Lube near me will bring up a location close by.In addition to following these vital ABCs, order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s 80-page guide to keep in your glove box. It’s a really good tool that covers loads of easy car maintenance tips to ensure your motoring is as trouble-free as possible. To find out more visit www.carcare.org