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School Is Back
We know college can be expensive. If you’re a college student and your vehcile needs some maintenance or service, bring it down to Good Works. We’re offering a college student discount currently. Make sure you bring your student id with you at your appointment.
September is National Preparedness Month. Like it or not ife has a way of happening at times. Being prepared for the unexpected can make disasters much easier to get through.
Ready.Gov has made laying out the plan much easier. Through a 4 step process you can be prepared by the end of the month!
Week 1: September 1-5: Make A Plan
- Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.
Week 2 September 6-12: Build a Kit
- Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.
Week 3 Septmember 13-19: Prepare for Disasters
- Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.
Week 4 September 20-26: Teach Youth About Preparedness
- Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.
When you own a vehicle, the car payment, insurance premiums and gas costs are not the only things you should consider for your budget. There are some pretty important auto maintenance items that you can expect and need to budget for. In doing so, you’re maintaining your vehicle so that it will last longer and you’ll likely face fewer major auto repairs down the road. By putting in money over the course of owning the vehicle, you’ll save yourself a lot more eventually.
So what exactly are these maintenance services that we should budget for?
We have listed them out on our site, but here is a brief rundown of what you can budget out:
- Those major mileage-based services 30K, 60K, 90K, etc… – There are some fluid changes and inspections that you won’t want to miss. Same with oil changes, hose inspections, and other common services that will simply ensure that everything is healthy under the hood.
- Tire Maintenance – Even though most tires can last between 40K-60K miles, too many other factors can accelerate their wear, such as lack of rotation, incorrect air pressure, weak shocks/struts, poor alignment, and road hazards. Properly inflated tires are safe tires.
- Oil Changes – This deserves a category of its own. You need to make sure to perform routine oil changes, so that it is lubricating the engine and keeping it healthy. This also gives your auto repair shop an opportunity to check for clogs and other issues with engine components.
- Fuel Injectors – Today’s vehicles need to watch their fuel injectors and throttle plates more than in the past. Spark plugs and carburetors aren’t as big of issues anymore, but be sure your auto mechanic cleans your fuel injectors and throttle plate every 30K miles or so.
- Struts and Shocks – These degrade over time and often go unnoticed until an issue occurs. They aren’t cheap to replace and it won’t be something you need to do regularly, but failure to invest in new ones after your mileage gets high could mean more issues around the corner.
Budgeting is hard!
We know that you have a lot on your plate already, especially when it comes to budgeting for your vehicle. We hope that this blog and our expertise at the repair shop can help keep you and your vehicle feeling a little better. It’s important to remember that a properly maintained vehicle is the best kind of vehicle.