Monday, January 6, 2014

Car Repair Really Matters

Most of us rely on our cars almost as if they are extensions of our bodies, moving us where we need to be, reliably and without too much conscious thought. Just as we need to take care of ourselves, we need to pay attention to the inner workings of our vehicles. Car repair services are the vital link that keeps our vehicles in prime running shape. 

Do you know the specifics of your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule? It’s likely that it needs oil changes, tire rotation, filter changes and various fluid fills, each on its own schedule. Your owner’s manual will spell out exactly when you should take your car in for regular car repair services and maintenance. Following that schedule helps ensure that your vehicle is reliable and safe.

Tires are under-appreciated. We kick them, refer to them in disparaging ways (that “spare tire” some of us wear), we swing on them in the back yard and worst of all we ignore the ones on our vehicles. When the rubber hits the road, it had better be in good shape. Improperly inflated tires can be dangerous and cut down on gas mileage. When you take your vehicle in for car repair services, ask the service professional to check your tires for wear and tire pressure. 

You can’t control gasoline prices, but you can choose to capitalize on the refined liquid gold that runs your car. Keeping your vehicle in good repair can improve your miles per gallon and save money. The U.S. government estimates that having a properly tuned engine improves gas mileage an average of 4 percent. Using the correct grade of motor oil and changing it regularly can improve gas mileage by 1-2 percent. Your car repair service professional can perform these money saving fixes.

Keeping your brakes in good repair ensures better safety, and prevents costly major repairs. Certain parts of your brakes, such as shoes and disc pads, wear with use and need to be replaced before they begin to grate on the rotors. The cost for car repair services such as replacing the discs is much less than the cost for replacing rotors. And you really cannot put a price on the peace of mind that knowing you have well functioning brakes bestows.

Regular car repair services can save you money in the long run, give you the comfort of knowing that your vehicle is in top shape, and even add to its resale value. At Whiteside, we have the best service professionals in the area. They are friendly and knowledgeable on all makes and models of automobiles, so the next time you're in need of service, click over to the website and set up an appointment; your car and wallet will thank you.