Car Care Tips

Car Care Tips

Car Care Tips

How do I save on gas?

Drive Less

This might seem easier said than done, but it is the first step in saving money on gas. It could be as simple as not circling the parking lot looking for the closest parking the spot. We all make short runs to the store, that would be a good time to leave the car behind and either walk or bicycle. Every little bit counts.

Buy Gas Early or Late In The Day

This gets a little scientific and has to do with temperature change and density. Gas is denser in cooler temperatures especially in Summer months. As temperatures rise gas become less dense.

Buy Earlier In The Week

Prices on gas are typically less on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; prices go up near or on weekends.

Idle Less

We all do it—we all sit and idle whether it’s talking to someone through an open window or pulled over to look at your phone. When you see you’re going to idle for a bit just turn the key off. Fuel economy is at its worst when we are sitting still.

Don’t Wait Until You’re Almost Empty

You’re wondering how this affects saving money of fuel? It’s simple, when you run your tank near empty you end up having to fill up at the closest gas station rather than the lowest priced gas station. A little preparedness can go a long way! 

Reduce Drag

Wind drag has a huge impact on fuel economy, and slowing down is the first step to reducing drag. The next best thing is as simple as rolling up your windows. Cars are designed to be more aerodynamic and efficient with the windows up.

Get An App

There are apps available that have up to the minute pricing on gasoline at various stations. Download an app and use it.

When should I have an oil change?

It is recommended to have the oil change every 3,000 miles or 4 months, whichever comes first. The cost of a replacement engine for your car can run as high as $10,000, so a small investment in oil changes can result in huge savings.

What is a diagnostic charge?

A diagnosis is the pinpointing of the exact problem with your vehicle and determining the best solution possible. It’s like using a map to determine the path to take to find your destination. Proper diagnostics take time, knowledge, and high tech equipment—any short cut is guessing.

Is my car safe?

This is a question more people should ask, and we make it our priority to answer “yes”. There are plenty of unsafe cars on the road. Here in Illinois, we don’t have state safety inspections, so it’s up to the owner to be sure their vehicle is safe to drive. You can hope your car is safe, you can guess your car is safe, or you can bring your car to our shop where we will do a complete vehicle safety inspection so that you can rest assured you are protected. Safety inspections are included with each oil change we perform.

Save Money on Repairs

Everyone wants to save money on auto repair; the best way to do this is to keep up with preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance costs a fraction of what the repair would cost, so stop in today and let us take care of your vehicle for you!