Separation or divorce often means reorganizing your entire life. From living arrangements to where you get your coffee in the morning, people usually want a fresh start. When it comes to maintaining family vehicles typically one spouse has the knowledge or connections. If this isn’t you, you may be left in the lurch. Here are some key tips for proper general vehicle maintenance that will ensure that you and your family are safe, and your vehicle stays on the road as long as possible.
Taking your vehicle in to get regular oil changes, tire rotation and break maintenance is one of the most important things you can do. A good mechanic should also do an assessment of the general health of the vehicle at the time of the visit to make sure there aren’t any glaring issues that need to be addressed. Having a quick check up for your car is important not only for the health of the vehicle but also for the safety of yourself and others on the road.
You can use your warranty anywhere
One big automotive myth is that you need to take your vehicle back to the dealership to ensure your warranty is valid. The truth is that you can take it to any reputable shop for maintenance and repairs under the vehicle’s warranty will be covered. This is something dealerships won’t tell you at the time of purchase as they want you to keep coming back to them instead of your neighbourhood garage.
Don’t do it yourself
Unless you are a trained mechanic it is best to leave anything that has to do with the maintenance and repairs to the pros. You wouldn’t let an amateur surgeon operate on one of your kids. The same should be said about your car. There is a lot of knowledge that goes in to repairing and maintaining vehicles and your life and the lives of those around you are dependent on the safety of your vehicle on the road.
Trust your gut
When it comes to a mechanic you want to find someone that you trust. There are mechanics out there that will resort to using scare tactics to get you to replace a part that is not necessary just to make more money. You should never feel like you are being bullied into making repairs or replacing parts on your vehicle. You should feel assured that your mechanic is looking out for your best interest by keeping you safe and making sure that your money is being spent well. In the end trust your gut. If something is telling you that you are being ripped off, you probably are.