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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - April 2016

 

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We certainly had a mild winter, but spring sure has been slow to come in my opinion.  Although we did have some amazing weather a couple of weekends ago..  I want my gardens to come up! :-)  If you still have your winter tires on you should be making an appointment to get them off sooner than later.  Remember that the warm temperatures wear out your winter tires quicker.   As you get this newsletter it will be the start of May which is Car Care Month and just in case you didn’t know, October is Car Safety Month.  Since May is Car Care Month that is what I will talk about here.  Taking care of your investment so that it lasts longer and doesn’t let you down!

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Active Green and Ross has over 70 locations across Southern Ontario.  If you have a problem, are out of town and need repairs you can go to another Active Green and Ross store and they can pull up your vehicle information, just like you had been there before!

This month's topic: Car Care Month

Some of you may have the attitude “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. Let me tell you this isn’t a good attitude to have towards your vehicle. Some of you may feel that there’s nothing you can do to your vehicle because of all of the vehicle technology. Guess what, we can still do preventative maintenance. What does preventive maintenance include and why is it important? Your car is like your body. If you don’t treat your body well by having a poor diet or by not moisturizing your skin eventually it will let you down, as will your car! The other thing to keep in mind about your vehicle is that on average you will spend $1200/year for vehicle maintenance. You should be trying to save $100/month to pay for your vehicle…

Things you can do to maintain your vehicle:

Changing your oil regularly is one of the most important things you can do to your vehicle. This is the lifeblood of your vehicle. Make sure you have it changed when you reach the number of kilometers your sticker says or the number of months. Whichever comes first.

When was the last time you changed your wipers? You may have noticed that when you used them while it was raining that maybe you couldn’t see so well? Wipers should be changed twice a year.. Spring and Fall Have them changed when you are having an oil change. That’s what I do.

Do you know if you have a cabin air filter? This should be changed once a year. Spring is a good time especially if you suffer from allergies. It takes the pollen out of the air and filters down to two microns. ( As an aside: I was at a shop the other day and I saw a cabin air filter that still had the dead mouse in it!)

Your air filter should also be changed once a year. Your vehicle will start to feel sluggish if your filter gets too clogged up.

Your serpentine belt(s), radiator hoses and fluid should also be checked but not necessarily changed. Have a look at your maintenance schedule or ask your local Active Green and Ross since they have the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) maintenance specifications in their computer.

The above items are all items are items that should be checked and or be replaced for preventive maintenance. The last thing you want is to be travelling somewhere with your kids or to work and break down on the side of the road because of something that could be avoided. Been there, done that and have the t-shirt.

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Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - March 2016

 

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We are officially into spring and I hope everyone had a great long weekend. (My weekend was spent without power from Thursday night to Sunday at noon. Talk about throw you off your schedule but we managed with a generator, water for the toilet from the pond and a fireplace to heat the house.)

When I was calling one of the Active Green and Ross stores that usually holds an annual car care clinic we started talking about winter tires and when it would get busy taking them off. He mentioned something that had kind of slipped my mind and I wanted to remind you of it as well. If you are getting a discount from your vehicle insurance provider for installing winter tires, many of them require you to keep your winter tires on until March 31. So hopefully, you haven’t taken them off yet or at least waiting until next week April 1, which is likely when you are reading this One other thing to remember is if you bought your tires at Active Green and Ross, the changeovers are no charge. This is a great value added service and if you need somewhere to store your tires they can do that for you as well, but there will be a fee for this.

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This month's topic: Automotive Apps that can help you in many ways

How many of you have a file folder that you keep all of your automotive records in? I always say this is a great idea especially when you are getting ready to sell your vehicle. All of these records show the prospective buyer all of the tender loving care you have given it and if your vehicle has been well maintained you can get up to 50% more in resale. Having said that, many of us have the best of intentions but we don’t always follow through. Well it’s 2016 now and there are many other ways that we can keep track of our vehicle information electronically. This technology can also alert us to upcoming maintenance that is required and with some apps it can even be shared with the new owner if you sell your car. Below are a few apps that you can download to your smartphone to keep track of vehicle maintenance records. The ones I’ve listed are free and I haven’t written everything they cover, just the highlights.

Auto Care Free- Car Maintenance (free)
Allows you to track multiple vehicles
Can see vehicle service expenses per year
Distance travelled per month (highway and in town)

AUTOsist- (free)
Tracks vehicle repairs
Gives reminders for oil changes, insurance payments
Can share maintenance records when sell vehicle

Car Xpenses
Pretty much the same items as the above apps.
Also uses red, yellow, green with maintenance.

Gas Cubby
Tracks fuel mileage and service

Other vehicle apps that you may find useful but not specifically for vehicle maintenance are Waze and Auto Accident.

Waze
Helps you navigate the best way to your destination the quickest.
You get points for putting in things like vehicles stopped on the shoulder, police, accidents etc.

Auto Accident
You can input all the data from an accident about the other driver
What to do if you have an accident

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