Happy New Year! Have you got any resolutions or are you the type to eschew such “nonsense” and already lead your best life every day? We like celebrating a fresh start and have to admit, there is something a little exciting and motivating about the new year, but we are also of the mind that good habits should be followed all year long and it doesn’t matter when you start!
Whether you are in the habit of making resolutions every January or not, here are a few resolutions for your car we think are tops and are also pretty easy to stick too.
Get in the habit of a regular maintenance schedule. Kind of like sticking to a regular exercise routine, regular maintenance will help keep your car running smoothly. Good maintenance habits can also extend the life of your vehicle, well beyond the average defined life of 100,000 miles. Today's vehicles are capable of easily twice that mileage with a moderate maintenance schedule and services. Just like our own bodies, you get out what you put in. If you want to live a long healthy life, you take care of yourself. Cars and trucks are no different, and with regular care, the life of your car can be as long as you want it.
If you’re not sure what the optimum maintenance schedule is for your vehicle, you can check your manual, or ask us. We educate about maintenance habits every day.
Maintain healthy fluids. Everybody needs to stay hydrated. Well, the same goes for your car. When fluids run low or are left unchanged for too long, the health of a vehicle will start to decline. At best, your car or truck won’t run as efficiently as it should, at worst things will start to breakdown and you could wind up with a hefty repair bill. So, do yourself and your vehicle a favor and check your fluids regularly. We do this at every scheduled maintenance, anyway, so if you follow Resolution #1 with us, we’ve got you covered.
Schedule your next oil change now!
Be kind to your car and drive a little smarter. Let’s face it, we could all probably improve our driving habits, but have you ever stopped to consider how your style of driving might be adding undue wear and tear on your car or truck? Bad driving habits, like accelerating too quickly or slamming on the brakes too often, can cause components to wear down sooner than they should. Just by taking it a little easier behind the wheel you can extend the life of your engine, brakes, fuel injector, ignition system… the list goes on!
If you’re unlikely to change your driving habits, well we won’t judge, but we may recommend a maintenance schedule better suited to the actual wear and tear of your vehicle so it will continue to perform at its best.
Schedule your next maintenance and full inspection.
Keep your car clean inside and out! This resolution is not just for looks. Whether you’re doing daily city driving, extended trips or a bit of off-roading adventure, vehicles get dirty and letting all the dirt and grime accumulate is a bad habit that can actually damage the finish. Yes, some pollutants can actually eat away finish and paint, so wash off that dirt and grime. Have your car detailed periodically under the hood, too, and remember to flush and replace dirty fluids regularly. A little preventive maintenance like this can go a long way to extending the life of your car.
Make 2020 your car’s best year yet! If your maintenance or driving habits could use a little tuning up, then jump on the resolution bandwagon and make a change for the better starting this January. We can be your “accountability partner” and help you stay on track with a regular schedule of inspections, oil changes, and maintenance – what your car or truck needs to stay fit and healthy! However long you want to be driving your current vehicle, we can help you maintain a schedule that is right for your car and your driving habits.
Stick to these resolutions and good habits, and your vehicle will thank you with reliable service for the long haul!
Happy New Year from all of us at Sherwood Auto Repair!
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