18 Jul Z’s Car Care and the Maintenance Mindset
We know we need to take care of our cars, but it just seems hard to remember to do it. We generally accept that many things in life require regular maintenance, but just may have not applied it to our vehicles.
For example, we water and mow the lawn every week. And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves. We go to the dentist twice a year, take our clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids for a checkup before school starts.
So, people really are maintenance minded. They just have to learn to apply that mindset to cars. I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, we learn our lesson and start to take better care of things.
Unfortunately, people too often learn the hard automotive lesson when they have to bring their vehicle to their auto center on a tow truck. So many times, a little routine maintenance would have prevented a breakdown.
Here’s something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your tech will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason why. If your serpentine belt is worn, he’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they’ve got you covered. All of this takes a trained and experienced eye – more than you find at a quick lube center. And they’ll check to see if your manufacturer has recommended any services at your current mileage.
So, when you come in for an oil change, you get a visual inspection and a reminder for recommended services so you can avoid a total failure. And remember that your service advisor can help you work out a maintenance and repair plan, prioritizing and scheduling the work to make sure you and your family are safe, and avoid expensive breakdowns.
Give us a call.
Z’s Car Care
402 SW Walnut
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123