Car Love 101: Little Things Matter

Ah, February, the month of hearts and flowers, chocolate, romantic dinners, and cupid’s arrows. Well, that’s the Hallmark Valentine version anyway. Not that we have anything against Valentine’s Day or any of its traditions, quite the opposite, in fact. 

Wouldn’t you agree, though, that it’s really the little things throughout the year that make the difference, not the grand gesture once a year?

Well, the same holds true for how you care for your automobile! When you take care of your vehicle regularly, showing a little love with the little things that matter, your car will drive better, last longer and reward you with lower maintenance bills in the long run.

If you’re a bit out of practice with car love, here’s a quick lesson!

Buy your car a drink. That’s right, cars get thirsty too, and not just when they run low on fuel. When was the last time you checked or replaced the rest of your car’s fluids? Oil, transmission, steering, brake fluids, these all need regular attention. And be sure to give your car the right drink. You may think any oil will do, but not all cars require the same oil. A good mechanic can help you with this. You can also check your owner’s manual, which brings us to the next point.

Get to know your vehicle. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new car or truck, exploring all the features, learning how it responds on the road, and generally falling in love with your vehicle. We understand (we really do love our cars), but have you taken the time to read the owner’s manual or get to know your vehicle under the hood? Do you really understand your car’s needs and are you doing the right things to meet those needs?

Treat your car or truck right. If you’re treating your current vehicle the same as you have treated every other vehicle you’ve ever driven, chances are you’re not treating it right. Ignorance is bliss, as they say, but when it comes to car love, it will catch up with you. Every car or truck is different and has different needs based on the make, model and age, and also how it is driven, where it is stored, and what it is used for.

This is where having a good relationship with your mechanic can make all the difference and is also why we take a consultative approach to how we treat our customers and their vehicles. We know the little things matter, not just in how your car is cared for, but also how we take care of you. When it comes to true car love, we’re in this together.

Take care of the little things. To keep your auto happy, safe and running smoothly, then at the very least, you should do these simple little things on a regular basis:

·         Change the oil

· Change the air filter

· Check your tire pressure

· Rotate the tires

· Replace windshield wipers

· Stick to a regular maintenance schedule (This one thing will cover all the rest!)

And lastly,

Get to know your mechanic. This is who you are entrusting your vehicle with, so it should follow that you would want to get to know them. What warranties do they offer? What is their history? How long have they been serving customers like you or, better yet, cars like yours? What certifications do they have? Do they take a one size fits all approach, or do they really get to know your vehicle and its specific needs?

At Sherwood Auto Repair we take great pride in how we treat our customers and how we care for their cars. Our master technicians have a long history in auto repair and make it a point to stay current with today’s automotive advancements and technology. We operate with our customer’s best interests in mind (you can check out our Code of Ethics) and back our service with a three year or 45,000-mile warranty. We also take the time to get to know our customers so we can provide the best service, whether we are taking care of the big or the little things.

We have been sharing our love for cars, and our love for our customers, since 1986. Automobiles may have changed, but the little things that mattered then, still matter today.

Sherwood Auto Repair

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