Confessions of A Car Care Tech

Whether you have a new car or want to extend the life of your old one, you need to take good care of it. Aside from protecting your investment with AAA Insurance, you need to have it serviced regularly. Routine maintenance is the best thing you can do to make sure your vehicle is functioning properly. The experts at your local AAA Car Care Center will perform a free multi-point inspection and provide you with a written estimate of any necessary repairs.

AAA Car Care Tech, Jason Karp, has been with AAA since August 2012 and has some additional tips for drivers about the importance of routine maintenance. "Keeping your car serviced can help you avoid emergency breakdowns. By following proper maintenance recommendations, and having your vehicle regularly checked over by a mechanic you can trust, you can avoid unexpected car issues. When evaluating the cost of maintaining a vehicle, remember the value of the time you lose when your vehicle is not able to perform."

When thinking about the overall cost of your automobile, it is a good idea to set aside funds for maintenance. Just as you put money aside for a car payment, insurance, and gasoline, get in the habit of reserving a few extra dollars for routine repairs. By scheduling service regularly, you can avoid unexpected and costly issues. 

Karp also suggests having your car serviced by the same mechanic at the same facility. This way, your car care expert will get to know you and your vehicle. By building a relationship with open communication and trust, you will be able to convey your concerns, which will make it easier for your technician to diagnose and fix problems. 

"Here at AAA Car Care, we perform free multi-point inspections that will assist in anticipating car repairs. We look at several items during this inspection including tires, belts and hoses, and much more," said Karp. If your vehicle requires preventative maintenance, repairs, or sophisticated diagnostics, AAA technicians have the expertise to get the job done. 

When it comes to saving on fuel costs, Karp recommends "keeping your tires properly inflated and your vehicle aligned." Underinflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.2% for every one-PSI drop in pressure. Your tires will not only last longer when properly inflated; your vehicle will be safer too. Improper alignment can also reduce fuel efficiency because uneven tire wear can result in lower gas mileage. If you notice a vibration in the steering wheel or your tire tread is uneven, you may need to have your tires rotated. 

When you plan out your schedule for the next few weeks, remember to make an appointment at AAA Car Care Center to have your car inspected. Stay ahead of any potential problems by having our expert technicians look over your vehicle. If you find yourself unexpectedly stranded, call AAA Roadside Assistance and we can bring you directly to your closest AAA Car Care Center. AAA members will receive a 10% discount on repair labor and a 2-year/24,000 mile warranty on repairs. Protect your investment by making an appointment today. 

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