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What’s the Real Cost of Not Maintaining Your Car?


The other day I was chatting with one of the independent mechanics who inspects our quality used cars at Discount Motor City, the premier of used car dealerships, Surrey, BC. Please CLICK HERE to see what our customers say about our service and you will see why we say “the premier of used car dealerships, Surrey.”


But, back to the topic.


The mechanic told me that a person came in complaining about motor problems. Listening, he heard noises none of us want to hear. Doing his investigation and talking to the customer, the mechanic asked, “When was the last time the oil was changed?”


The answer, “Oh, about five years ago.” The result, stick a fork in it, the engine was done. All because the customer did not spend about $50 every 5,000 kilometres. Over five years that would have cost him about $1,000. With an engine gone, the car is basically scrap and worth probably $200.


So, at Discount Motor City, car dealership, Surrey, what do we suggest to our customers? “Look after your car and it will look after you.”

Maintaining your vehicle is absolutely necessary for your car’s health and your safety. Would you want to use your car for your family with poor tires or worn out brakes? Skimping on maintenance is not only a bad idea for your car, it can put you and your family at serious risk.


Discount Motor City, Surrey Used Cars, Maintenance Tips


At Discount Motor City, we do all we can with our independent used car inspections to deliver you a safe car that you can be proud to own. After that, the maintenance is your responsibility, as it is no matter where you purchase a car. But, we are always available to help after the sale, and here are a few maintenance tips that can save you money:


1. Rotate Your Tires


The tire manufacturer has recommendations on how often to rotate your tires. It is not expensive, and can add a lot to your tire life. Have you gone to check out the price of tires lately? Extending the life by rotating the tires makes sense.


2. Change Your Oil


An engine oil change costs about $50. Over a five-year period, oil changes may cost you about $1,000, which is a lot cheaper than “sticking a fork in it, the engine is done.”


3. Brakes


Brake pads and rotors wear down over time. But, changing the pads regularly saves wear on the rotors and what a good feeling when the brakes work every time.


4. Timing Belts


Change the timing belt as recommended by the manufacturer, and I can speak from experience. A long time ago, I lived a long way from any service centre. Driving into town, which was a three-hour drive, the timing belt broke. Stranded in the middle of nowhere, no cell phone service, I had to wait for someone to come along. What seemed like hours, a vehicle appeared, I jumped in and it was off to town to find a tow truck. To make a long story short, I had a very expensive towing bill, and an extra night in a hotel, all because I did not change the timing belt as recommended by the manufacturer.


5. Check Your Hoses, Fluids and Tire Pressure


What easy things to do, and it gives me a sense of pleasure opening the hood and checking everything out. Checking the tire pressure, I have one of those little gauges I bought at Canadian Tire, kept handily in the glove compartment to be used every week. Making sure the tire pressure is correct, not only extends the life of your tires, it helps keep your vehicle safe. What could be more important than that?


Discount Motor City, used cars, Surrey


At Discount Motor City, used cars, Surrey, we not only take pride in offering car advice, but we also love to help our customers make the right decisions about buying a quality used car. With everything that we do, we set the bar to where we offer the best customer service you will find anywhere.


If you are looking for a quality used car at an excellent price, where you do not want to be pushed or pressure, visit us. See the difference our open and honest customer service will make to your used car buying experience, and do not forget to check out what our customers say by CLICKING HERE.


Best wishes from all of us at Discount Motor City, the premier of used car dealerships, Surrey.


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