Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - March 2015

 

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Technically spring is officially here but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Hurry up warm weather; I want to see my plants starting to grow! I’ve started to book spring car care clinics so check out www.activegreenross.com to see if there is one coming up in your area. If you don’t see one listed in your area send me an email and I can contact the shop to see if they want to hold one.

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On another note, I’m very excited since I am getting a new vehicle. My first one in 20 years and I can hardly wait. Right now I’m driving a 13-year-old Lexus and as soon as my new vehicle arrives I will be getting my Lexus ready to sell. A well maintained vehicle could get up to 50% more on resale, so keep that in mind with your own vehicle. Keeping track of all of your maintenance records is also a good idea so you can show a prospective buyer the TLC (tender loving care) you’ve given it.

Happy Easter everyone and enjoy the long weekend!

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There are 30,000 parts in the average car.

This month's topic: Spring Cleaning your Vehicle

By now we are all pretty much done with winter although it is still trying to hold on. In some areas a little more so. For most of us though the snow is almost gone and the warmer days are going to come soon. Our vehicles have endured a lot over the winter, from salt on the roads to cold cold temperatures. This all takes a toll on our vehicle and there are a few things we can do to make our vehicle happier and prolong its’ life.

  1. Think about taking off your winter tires or if you don’t use winter tires consider having them rotated to extend the life of the tire. When it gets warmer than +7 degrees Celsius is when you want to take your winter tires off.
  2. Consider a wheel alignment. With all of the potholes on the road they can wreck havoc with our wheel alignment and cause our tires to wear improperly. If you hit one hard enough you do even more damage to your struts and rim. Try to avoid the nasty potholes!
  3. Change your wiper blades. These are supposed to be changed twice a year and spring is the time to do it after a nasty winter.
  4. Clean the underside of your vehicle. Take it through the car wash and get the under body spray. You want to get ride of the salt that has accumulated in all of the crevices in your vehicle. Salt and metal don’t work well together.
  5. Inspect your paint for any paint chips that can eventually start to rust. If you have a chip either use the correct colour touch up paint of in a pinch you could use clear nail polish.
  6. Clean your interior. If your vehicle is anything like mine it needs a serious cleaning. Not of garbage but of grime that we track into our vehicle when we get in and out of it. Spring clean your vehicle just like you would spring clean your house. It should be a thorough cleaning and then lightly maintained the rest of the year. If you have leather seats you should consider putting a protector on them to help the seats stay nice for longer. There are some great leather conditioners out there. Lexol is one that use and like.
  7. Change your oil if you can’t remember the last time you did it I just heard a story recently of someone that bought a vehicle and never changed the oil or checked it. This story didn’t have a happy ending. :)

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