A lot of major (and expensive!) vehicle repair costs can be avoided by a few easy maintenance practices.
1. In order to get maximum longevity of your tires, as well as maximize fuel economy, it will be of benefit to maintain optimum tire pressure. Many newer vehicles have a dash board indicator light to let you know if your tire pressure is too low. But if your vehicle does not have this feature, you can extend the life of your tires by making a point to check your tire pressure on a regular basis.
2. In this windy region, if at all possible, try to park your car into the wind in order to avoid the wind catching your door and pulling it out of alignment with its hinges. If you do happen to get a door caught in the wind and it comes out of alignment, bring your car in to Bullock’s Auto Body as soon as possible to avoid further deterioration and expense. Often, it is a simple adjustment that puts everything back in tip top shape.
3. Corrosion is like vehicular cancer; once it develops on a vehicle it can spread quickly, even when visible spots have been cut out and repaired. Even though the winter of 2011/2012 hasn’t been extreme (so far!) in terms of snow and icy road conditions, many corrosion problems can be avoided by washing or at least rinsing your vehicle, including the undercarriage after you’ve been out on salt treated streets and highways. Take advantage of our frequent Chinook days to wash your vehicle so it doesn’t freeze up on colder days. Alternatively, park inside a garage after a cold weather wash.
4. Ensure fluid levels in your vehicle are maintained. If you’re uncertain how to check fluid levels or how to determine what levels are right for your vehicle, bring your car in to Bullock’s and we can show you what to check, and how to keep your vehicle’s fluid levels at optimum level.
5. If you find rock chips on the finish of your vehicle we recommend touch-up paint as a quick and economical method to avoid further deterioration of your vehicle’s surface. Touch-up paint can be purchased from your dealership or from a number of outlets which carry automotive products. Once you have your touch-up paint, bring it down to Bullock’s and we’ll show you how to apply it in a manner that is least noticeable from your vehicles factory finish. To further extend your vehicle’s factory finish, Bullock’s recommends covering the sensitive areas of your vehicle with a surface protection product. These products are constructed from durable, flexible urethane designed to absorb impacts from most road debris and retain its shape and glossy finish.
6. Make sure the lights on your vehicle are in working order. Aside from being a safety issue, it can also reflect on the value of your vehicle. By regularly checking vehicle lights, you will also become aware if any of the light assemblies are leaking. Any leaking may mean a simple repair to seal the edge between the lens and body of your vehicle. However, if a re-seal cannot be made, it is advantageous to replace the lamp assembly as soon as possible in order to avoid corrosion to the electrical lamp contacts.
Simple vehicle maintenance can take a little bit of time, but it can make a great deal of difference when it comes to your vehicle’s re-sale value. Vehicles today cost as much as houses did not too long ago. It’s worth the effort, not only for your safety, but for the safety of your pocket book to spend a little bit of time each year to maximize the value of your investment.
If you have any questions regarding your vehicle’s maintenance, or if you want to inquire about Bullock’s Auto Body maintenance package, please contact us!