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Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car

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Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car


Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The following are six things that many motorists do that can harm their car and their wallet.




Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.



Failing to change fluids and filters. Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.



Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle's tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.



Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.



Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.



Being a severe driver. Whether it's stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.



"Because auto care isn't always a top priority for car owners, they might not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment."




The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council's online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council's consumer education website.


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    Dropped off my car here today for a variety of stuff. Forgot my emissions inspection was coming up when I dropped off, called later and not only they were more than accommodating, but they rotated my tires as well without me asking because they caught that there would otherwise be an issue with the tires. Promptly completed, great quality, and most important of all--the price was EXTREMELY fair. Bill is also extremely professional and has great customer service. Definitely coming here again. Highly recommended.

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    I took my Mercury Mountaineer in for service. There had been a rumbling noise while accelerating. For all I knew it could have needed a new transmission but Bill Gallagher did not try and sell me a new tranny when in fact all it needed was in fact an additive added to the fluid to help with the overdrive (a known Ford/Merc. problem.) Thank you Bill for your honesty. I trust his shop implicitly. I highly recommend his shop to anyone.

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    Our experience with Gallagher's service was outstanding! Bill was very professional and treated us with the utmost respect. We have found their prices to be reasonable and we are very satisfied with their work. We will be going back to Gallagher's from now on and we will recommend their services to others.

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    Lucked out and found Bill's shop and now bring everything to him. Excellent mechanics, MB experts (as well as other German models and many other foreign and domestic vehicles). They now service everything from my '96 Jeep Cherokee to the MB. They actually repair things instead of rip and replace. They are always upfront about pricing and will give you an honest estimate before starting the repair.

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