Developing a Long Term Relationship With Your Car

The past 18 months have been very exciting for us. It has been a year of growth and upgrades. We hosted our 5th annual ladies car care clinic April 24 and again had a great turn out. It is so wonderful to be able to provide the environment that empowers people through educated choices. We have install 2 new hoists, purchased 2 new scan tools, new and safer storage cabinets and upgraded our tire machine and brake lathe. We also have launched a new website; you can find us at www.autoclinicguelph.ca. We have had fun putting all this in place with hopes to serve you our clientele better. We are currently looking into ways to expand our tires sales and storage services. It is such a pleasure to help  you as you care for your vehicles.

We welcomed Devinder Singh aboard in January. Devinder brings 13 years’ experience and has proven to be a valuable asset to our team. He enjoys being with his family and playing with his son when he is not at work. William graduated form grade 12 this year and will stay on part time with us until he goes off to school, Riley has rejoined on a part time basis .

We always like to inform you of ways to keep your vehicle in good shape, improvements in technology mean that cars these days are lasting longer and longer. With proper care virtually any automobile can be kept on the road for a long time and that saves you money. Here are 8 guidelines that we have sourced and endorsed to keep your car well into the six-figure territory

Buy a good car to begin with (new or used). Though Japanese cars are generally the most reliable, don’t dismiss American cars — their quality is improving and they are often less expensive to repair. European cars are generally the most expensive to fix. It’s a good idea to do some online research. We are always happy to give you are opinion or ask your friends for input.
Follow the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If your car has a “maintenance minder”, use that as a guideline for service, but be sure to double-check your owner’s manual as some items need to be replaced based on time rather than mileage. Don’t forget the timing belt! Most cars need to have the timing belt replaced every 96,000 to 144,000 kms. It’s not cheap, but it’s far less expensive than the damage it will cause if it breaks.
Keep a repair fund. Cars do break, require maintenace, and there’s nothing like a $1,500 repair bill to scare an old- car owner into the new-car showroom. Remember, your car would have to generate repair bills of around $5,000 per year for at least four years in a row to even approach the cost of a new car. In place of your payment, put $100 to $200 per month into an interest-bearing car-repair account. That way an unexpected repair or major maintenance won’t bust your budget.
Do your homework. Many cars have known problems that pop up under certain circumstances or after enough mileage/time. Most makes and models have Web sites and forums devoted to them; they can be a gold mine of information. Knowing your car is prone to a given problem isn’t necessarily a cause to get rid of it; it just allows you to be prepared. We often can source that information out or you.
Be aware. Be on the lookout for new noises, strange smells or anything that just doesn’t feel right. If something seems amiss, talk to us. If you’ve been driving your car long enough, you know best what normal is. Every two or three months, ask a friend to take you for a drive in your car. Some problems appear or increase so gradually that you may not even notice them, And by riding in the passenger’s seat, you may spot something you missed while preoccupied with driving.
Fix everything as soon as it breaks. If you’re going to keep your car as long as possible, you have to want to keep it as long as possible. Don’t ignore seemingly unimportant problems like broken trim, torn upholstery, or electrical glitches. Little annoyances add up and can begin to erode your love affair with your old car.
Use quality replacement parts. There are many aftermarket choices that now bring you up to 24 month warranty, keep your options and mind open. Discuss your options perhaps if a non-wearing part is damaged, consider buying a used replacement — you’ll get manufacturer quality at a more affordable price. We are always here to help you make good choices that fit your budget.
Keep it clean. Paint does more than make your car look good; it protects the materials underneath. Wash your car regularly. When water no longer beads on the paint, wax it. Drive safe and Happy Motoring

-Your friends at the Auto Clinic