Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Get Your Car Ready For Summer

As we are approach that much-anticipated and long-overdue spring/summer driving season, with family vacations, day trips, road trips, or just the trip to work each day, we all need our cars to get us there and back home again. We need to pay attention to our automobiles' service needs as we transition from winter to spring. One of the most important aspects of a drama-free transition is changing the fluids and filters that your car is so reliant on. Fluids such as oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid to name a few. Filters such as the oil, air, and cabin filter. All of these filters and fluids have been working overtime through the winter to get you and your car from point A to point B. Preventative maintenance is the best thing you can do to protect the investment you have in your car—and to protect yourself for that matter. No one likes to be broken down with a mechanical failure that could have been avoided with some simple and basic preventative service.

If you do not have a shop or mechanic or have not been happy with the service you have been getting, here are some tips to find the right place for you and your car. Look for a service provider that you can trust and develop a long term relationship with, a professional who is current with all the changes going on with our complex and continually evolving cars. Someone who is invested in their continuing education, shop equipment, and is committed to you—the client. Find that special place and tech that does not try to “up sell” service that can wait. When you find that special place, it is an unmistakable feeling. They will pay attention to you; they will be patient and listen to you as you describe what is going on with your car.

When you do find that shop, or tech, let them do a thorough inspection in addition to an oil change service before you hit the road for that family vacation you’ve spent months planning and dreaming about. When it comes to your car, it is always better to prevent the problem than to react to a failure.

—Jeff Millman, Sisson Street Automotive