Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - January 2011


I wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year and now it’s time to get back to work:) I had a great Christmas and was very spoiled.  My boyfriend felt I should be driving something other than my “Silver Bullet” aka Dodge Neon to my ladies car care clinics, so he bought me a Pearl White Lexus RX300 and had my Kelly’s Garage logo put on the rear window.  So if you see those wheels around town you’ll know it’s me.  Please feel free to say hello if you see me.


This month’s topic: Vehicle Myths

There are a lot of myths in this world and the automotive industry is no different.  I talked about one of the biggest in the "Did you know" section.  As long as you follow your maintenance schedule you are maintaining the warranty of your vehicle.  You can go anywhere you want even if the vehicle is new.  So if you already have a great relationship at an Active Green and Ross store you can still go there after you buy a new car.

Another myth is I do not drive under "severe" conditions. In reality as Canadians, we all drive under "severe" conditions.  These conditions include cold weather; stop and go driving; trips of less than 8kms or in cold conditions less than 16kms, driving on de-iced, muddy or dusty roads and driving in conditions of over 32 degrees Celsius. So if your owners manual includes maintenance for "severe" conditions this is the maintenance schedule you should be following.

A third myth is the only fluids I need to worry about are oil and gas. Don't forget about the other fluids you have such as: brake fluid, coolant/anti-freeze, power-steering, transmission and windshield washer fluid.  When you take your vehicle in for an oil change at Active Green and Ross, the technicians check all of these fluids as part of their service.

The last myth I am going to mention is this Vehicle technology is so advanced I don't need to worry about emissions. If your vehicle is poorly maintained your engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produce 50% more C02 than a well maintained vehicle.  So the moral of the story is a poorly maintained vehicle will cost you more money in the long run.

Take care of your car and it will take care of you!



Did you know……… You don’t have to take your vehicle to the dealer to maintain the warranty of your vehicle.  Just make sure you follow the maintenance schedule outlined in your owner’s manual.

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