Thank you Christian Brothers Automotive for sponsoring today’s post on seasonal car care. All opinions are my own.
As women, we talk a lot about the seasons of our lives.
Some seasons of lives are easier to manage then others. Both have their highs and lows.
Currently, I am in the season of raising little humans and trying to find balance in all aspects of my life. It’s challenging.
When I wasn’t married with children I had more time. More time to remember to stay on top of car maintenance.
And, yes it was me myself and I taking my car to get oil changes and tires rotated – not my dad or my husband.
Since those days, I have been incredibly spoiled by my husband who gladly takes my car to get serviced. Not to mention, as a woman I have felt uncomfortable talking cars in a predominantly male industry.
Then I visited a local woman-owned Christian Brothers Automotive franchise where the customer service was unlike anything I have ever experienced at a car maintenance business. It felt like family.
Let’s be real – they knew I was coming so I was sure they would do a great job on inspecting my car. However, people can’t fake being genuine, caring, and thoughtful. I met Jonita, the manager of the Frisco West location. We laughed, talked about cars, and most importantly shared our stories all while she held my baby so I can enjoy a cup of coffee.
Shout out to a woman owned business thriving in a male dominated industry.
I left my visit laughing and happy to have had interaction with adults! Not just any adults – but adults (both male and female) that didn’t make me feel dumb for not knowing what a certain car part was.
They truly cared and it showed. No pressure for buy an expensive car part. Instead of telling me the problems, they showed me areas that needed to be serviced that they took photos of and emailed to me.
Perfect for me to forward to my husband since it was his truck. With a teenager who will be driving his truck soon, we wanted to make sure his truck is drivable and most importantly safe. Safety is a huge priority for both of us.
When they told me they have a free shuttle I was floored. I’ve never heard of this service.
They told me stories of how they transported guests back to work or simply to the grocery store. Some trips involved driving guests to get their nails done or workout instead of waiting at their shop. (Although the wait room is equipped with free wifi). Talk about going above and beyond!
The free shuttle is the answer to help busy customers get back to other tasks. We live in a a world that doesn’t stop just because a person needs to get a car serviced.
Who know a car inspection could feel like a vacation? Did I mention the inspections are complimentary to customers?
While I was there I learned a lot about the importance of seasonal car care that can help prolong the lives of our cars which can save us all money in the long run.
Five Seasonal Car Care Tips
Timing is everything
Schedule regular oil changes on a consistent basis. Christian Brothers Automotive recommends getting your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Your engine will thank you and your car will last longer. Changing air filters are recommended over time to help your car run more efficiently. They protect your vehicle from contaminants that can cause major damage which can result in expensive repairs.
Rotate your tires
Tire rotation is important because without it blowouts and wear and tear can happen. Rotate them every other oil change. Rear tires usually wear in a similar way, but front tires can wear unevenly due to the different numbers of left and right turns we take. This means that our front tires can become more worn, diminished, and prone to failure over time. Faulty alignment can cause tires to wear unevenly too.
Make sure your wiper blades work
Is it just me or when it rains hard is when I figure out I need new wiper blades? Then, I forget to replace them and when it rains again I get mad at myself. Stay on top of this and get them changed before you get caught in a storm.
Address AC Issues
AC issues can make driving unbearable especially if you live in a climate where the weather flip flops on a daily basis. (Hello, Texas?) Stay on top of it so you don’t find yourself (or your passengers) sweating or freezing. Don’t let being uncomfortable affect safe driving.
Check your lighting
As winter arrives, the sun fades and the driving in the dark is more prevalent. Make sure all exterior and interior lights work to avoid possible collisions.
Brace yourself, winter is coming
Winterize your car in November, which is checking/flushing your coolant, you want to make sure your radiator is in good condition. Make sure you have a good set of tires on your vehicle for great gripping capability.
What makes Christian Brothers Automotive unique?
My observation is it’s the people, passion and the purpose behind how they operate. Celebrating 35 years in the automative repair, Christian Brothers Automotive has 166 locations across 24 states (30 locations across Dallas alone).
They have never closed a location.
Owner/operators and teams also live, shop, serve, work, attend churches, rejoice and suffer alongside members of the community.
When is the last time you got your vehicle checked? What seasonal car care tips do you have to make your vehicle live longer?