I’ve worked at Ek Auto for a year now. Throughout this year, the most important thing I’ve learned about working here is the severity of keeping up with maintaining your vehicle. When I first got my car, the only thing I knew about was getting an oil change and putting gas in it… even then I was never on time for an oil change. I’ve seen so many cars come in that needed major repairs that could have easily been avoided if they had just been maintained better. I’m currently stuck in a pickle due to not maintaining my vehicle. My heat isn’t working… usually a coolant flush at the proper inter volt could have prevented this problem. I’ve owned my car for 5 years now and have NEVER gotten a coolant flush. So, we went ahead and did one and tried to flush out the heater core. My heat still isn’t working. So, the next step is to completely remove my dashboard and take a look inside. A coolant flush is approximately $100 and it should be done every few years. Removing my dashboard and fixing the problem will be a little over $1,000. If I had only brought my car in for routine checkups throughout the years, I could have EASILY avoided this problem.
Most of us are pretty busy people and it’s very easy to forget about bringing your car in. Or, if you’re like me, you just don’t know enough about the damage that can be done when you don’t bring your vehicle in for routine checkups. Whatever the case, if you ever think you are having an issue, do not hesitate to give us a call. If you have been to us before, every 3 months we send out a letter and an email reminding you that it is time for an oil change. When you bring your vehicle in, the guys will do a complete vehicle inspection. At the end of it all, Mike will let you know how everything looks and if it is time to get anything else done.
Moral of the story…. Don’t ignore little warning signs and always make sure to get your car checked out every few months. This will save you a boatload of money!!