Should I go to a mechanic for maintenance?
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Or in the case of your vehicle: “an ounce of prevention is worth about 4,000 pounds of a car that keeps running!” Minor maintenance is always easier and less expensive than major repairs.
What is preventive maintenance?
A quick online search on the topic will get you pages and pages of lists and descriptions. And they may not all agree with each other. But at its simplest:
Preventive maintenance is the combination of ongoing tasks you do over time to keep your car performing at its best and on the road for many years to come.
It may seem like some scheme mechanics came up with just to keep you coming back to hand over money, but preventive maintenance is really in the best interest of you, your car, and your long-term pocketbook. If you are proactive – instead of reactive – with the overall maintenance of your vehicle, it will lower your cost per mile and extend the life of your car.
Should you go to a mechanic for preventive maintenance service?
A good service technician is your car’s best friend. We are professionals who understand the ins and outs of all kinds of vehicles. Since it’s what we do all day, we are in a great position to partner with you to help protect what is probably one of your largest investments…second only to your house!
Many preventive maintenance tasks look easy…until you’ve spent an entire afternoon on a “simple” project, only to make a mess or realize you overlooked something important. Having a trusted technician by your side to keep your vehicle up to date on maintenance can save you a lot of time and trouble. We have the right tools, systems, and experience to do the job right the first time.
Even though you can get a lot of good research online, imagine knowing that you have a team of your own ready and waiting with all the answers you need. We will advise you with the heart of a teacher and do what it takes to keep your car in great shape for a long long time.
That’s something you can’t get from the internet!
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How do I know when maintenance items should be done?
While all cars are different, they are the same in many ways. Your owner’s manual is your best source for knowing when your vehicle needs preventive maintenance. But sometimes it can be hard to make heads or tails of everything…much less keep track of when it should happen!
As transportation experts, we have the most current information on whatever you’re driving at our fingertips. We can consult with you on each of your vehicles, and help set up a plan and budget for keeping them properly maintained. And when you come in, bring your service records with you. We are happy to take a look at what has been done in the past, what is due, and what needs to be scheduled for the future.
Keep your car on track with all the small upkeep items before they become an overwhelming laundry list of urgent issues.
These are just a few of the things we can help you stay on top of:
- Engine oil level
- Tire pressure
- Transmission Fluid
- Power Steering Fluid
- Air Filters
- Wiper Blades
- Tires (rotate every oil change)
- Coolant Levels
Tips for staying on top of Preventive Maintenance.
- Follow the instructions. Unlike children, cars come with manuals. The manufacturer included one to tell you exactly what your car needs and when. No need to guess! It’s like they’ve given you the answers to the test!
- Pay attention to the little things. Your car is a very big, very complicated, and very expensive piece of finely tuned machinery. How it works can be overwhelming. But keeping things running smoothly can actually be pretty easy. If you pay attention to a few little things, you should never need to give a second thought to all of the bigger things you may not understand.
- Think like Santa. If everything your car manual recommends seems like a lot, make a list. (And check it twice.) Then take it to your trusty technician – like…oh, say…us! We’d be glad to educate you on what those items are and why it’s important to keep them maintained on a regular basis.
Customer service is amazing. Always feel welcome when you walk through the door. They did an awesome job on my car. It runs great. No problems.
Amber W. | Grovetown, GA
As always the men and woman at ATC have done their job with excellence and I do appreciate it!
David M. | Augusta, GA
I have been taking both my wife’s and my car to ATC for the past two years. They consistently provide excellent, honest, and personable service.