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Sensible Steps to Help Keep Your Car Longer

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Sensible Steps to Help Keep Your Car Longer

More and more people are keeping their vehicles longer as the average age of a car on the road today is more than 11 years. Considering the cost of a new car is about $31,000 on average, deciding to keep your car rather than buying a new one makes financial sense, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

The Car Care Council offers sensible steps to help motorists maintain their vehicles for safety, dependability and value.

Keep it Clean
Washing and waxing your vehicle on a regular basis protects it from the natural elements that may harm the finish.

A good cleaning of the inside and outside of the vehicle prevents the buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, reduces the potential for rust from road salt and ensures proper visibility needed for safe driving.

Rely on Your Senses
When driving, always be alert and rely on your senses. While you may be familiar with noises that your vehicle makes on a daily basis, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem. Listen for sounds such as squealing, thumping, hissing and grinding - these are all signs that the vehicle may be trying to tell you something.

Unusual smells such as burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, rotten eggs, burning carpet or the sweet smell of syrup can be a sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle.

When you hear or smell something that doesn't seem right, do not ignore it. Instead bring your car to a professional service technician to get an informed opinion on the nature of the sound or odor.

Stay on Schedule
The key to a car running at its best is basic maintenance. Keeping up with fluid changes, tire checks, filter changes and other services will help avoid bigger and more expensive repairs. Over time, some car parts and components wear out or become damaged. Being aware of your car will help you address any issues before they become bigger problems.

In addition to following the maintenance schedule recommended in your owner's manual, the Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule to help you be proactive in caring for your car.

"Everyone loves a new car but sometimes the money is just not there to purchase one," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "If you treat your car as a valuable investment and commit to regular preventative auto care, not only will you end up saving money, but your car will keep on running for many miles down the road."

Source: Car Care Council

What People Say About Us

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    If you need honest mechanics, this is your place! I feel comfortable and at home with Jacob, Sabrina and the rest of the crew. Everyone is friendly and most of all you can trust that they won't rip you off with work your vehicle doesn't need. Come on out and give them a chance. You will never look back.

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    Jacob and his team took great care of me. Had a tire sensor issue, they replaced and rotated a tire for me. Upon the rotation Jacob found that I had no wheel weights on my tire. He was kind enough to take care of the issue for me. Great service, great team and great prices!! Thank you Jacob for getting me back on the road safely. Thank you Sabrina for keeping me company while I wanted and making sure my vehicle was getting taken care of too!

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    I usually do all my own automotive stuff, mostly because I've seen the aftermath of using cheap, bad mechanics. My oil plug was stopped at a random quick oil change shop and they didn't tell me, they just put blue Loctite on it and I only found this when I decided to do my own oil change. Trust is key, and Caliber is the only place I trust. The owner, Jacob, tells the truth and is fair in his pricing. What else do you want from your mechanic? I will always refer Caliber to anyone who needs work on their vehicle. Epic experience, a great digital assessment gets sent to you so you can see what they checked and what needs to be addressed. I brought it in for brakes and they told me it didn't need brakes, I've been to shops who would have sold me brakes, they aren't like that at Caliber. Thank you Jacob.

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    Caliber Auto Repair is the only place I take all of my vehicles. This even includes my classic Chevy truck. Their work is superb, all staff is professional, and the service is top quality. I refer everyone I know to Caliber Auto Repair. If you have car trouble, take it to Caliber Auto Repair.

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    One of the more pleasant experiences I've had with a auto mechanic. Wanted my 2002 Silverado brought back to life that was sitting for 1-2 years. I took it to a dealership and a few other places and was quoted enormous amounts and little explanations. However Caliber sent me a full diagnostic color-coded with urgent fixes and did it for about half the cost. They were fast, honest, and the owner even checks up with you after the work is done to make sure you are satisfied. Sabrina and Jacob were easy to work with. I've found a new spot to take my trucks and cars from now on. Thank you!

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    I had Jacob and the gang at Caliber Automotive install a front end lift kit on my 2018 Ford F 250 super duty. The work was perfect and completed in a very timely manner. My truck was well cared for, not even a dirty fingerprint left behind. Being a mechanic my self I am very picky. For great work as well as fantastic customer care I absolutely recommend these guys. I am taking my truck back in for more work.

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