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How to help you, help your vehicle get the proper repair at the right price
Pam Oakes, ASE/EETAS
Author and Radio Host of Car Care for the Clueless
I love that word: bamboozled. It fits so well into so many applications. Card games, touch football, and auto repair.
Yes, you heard me right.
There are thousands of qualified mom and pop shops out there. They are active in our communities. Their kids and you kids go to the same school. They’re one of the first to get to work and the last to leave. They care about the quality of service and make sure to fix the vehicle right – the first time! It’s the love and life of an independent shop owner and technician.
By PAM OAKES, ASE/EETAS
Car Care for the Clueless radio host and author
Auto shop owner and active technician
How do you drive in blizzard conditions?
You should have all your severe storm preparations completed at least 24 hours before the snow hits the area.
For those who procrastinate, it may be too late. Supplies at the stores will be minimalized, fuel probably scarce. My advice – stay put! But, for those who just have to travel for one reason or another, I have a bit of advice for you.
First - other than your Facebook buddies – your “new” best friend is going to be your emergency roadside kit. If you get stuck in a traffic jam or snow drift, this is what is going to see you through the storm. Most of these items you can find in your garage or basement. Gather these items into a box or duffle bag and place it into your trunk or backseat.
Pam’s response to the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) position on vehicles beyond their factory, maintenance schedule:
It is sad that the manufacturers are taking the lazy road regarding 150k-plus maintenance schedule. Can they truly believe that an engine with more than 50,000 moving parts – with 150,000 miles – is going to replicate an engine straight off the assembly line? What about a 180,000 mile engine? Would that have the same wear as an engine with 30,000 miles? I don’t think so.
Let’s look at this logically. Do the majority of vehicle owners maintain their cars or trucks according to the manufacturer, recommended services throughout its lifetime?
Who doesn’t love to clip coupons?
But, when it comes to those $19.99 or $26.95 oil change vouchers, you need to think twice. That little, harmless piece of paper that you received in the mail -- or on a Facebook ad -- can turn into an expensive lesson when it comes to auto repair.
Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of great “mom and pop” ASE-Blue Seal auto shops out there that emphasize superior work at an honest price…and they have oil change coupons. But, then there are the other automotive centers – the bad apples – that use deep discounted oil change coupons as a means to get your vehicle and your wallet into their place of business.