People hold onto vehicles longer but are failing to maintain them – This article featured Macs Auto as an authority for this topic, we are proud to share this with you.
(IJR NEWS 4/26/2013) Motorists are holding on to their vehicles longer, and are very interested in saving money on their second biggest investment, but are they compromising their intent?
Selecting the right service dealer is important, and avoiding costly dealership service is becoming trendy. IJR NEWS spoke to one of the top reviewed dealer services in Orange County, Macs Auto, and spoke to Larry Gaff about ways to do your own inspections and when it is time for service.
Larry Gaff recommended the same suggestions we found by the Car Care Council. The Macs Auto owner told us that these inspections can be done on the driveway or in the street.
- Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission, as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
- Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
- Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
- Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and inspect and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.
Larry told us, “Recently read a report that said over 50 Billion dollars in vehicle maintenance and upkeeps(repairs) go unperformed each year, and the reasoning behind this is because consumers don’t know what needs to be done or why it’s important. Even on a basic oil change we perform certain inspections that can indicate a potential developing problem that we can show and inform the customer about.”
Dealer service facilities are prominent yet IJR NEWS suggests using caution when picking the dealership. People get taken advantage of when they don’t know what their talking about and have to put their trust in a professional in that field. It is always a good idea to look at the reviews and credible sources for recommendations in these service repairs.
Vincent Jenkino – Consumer Report Advocate
Auto Specialist – guest journalist IJR NEWS