Auto Care in Omaha, NE
Method to the Maintenance
Maintenance is one of the most important services a vehicle owner can do to allow for the maximum life of their engine, transmission, and suspension.
Regular oil services provide maximum lubrication for the moving parts inside of the engine which allows it to run longer and more efficiently. Most oil services include a complete suspension inspection and full grease application to all greaseable joints that allows for longer life. Coolant/antifreeze services ensure protection from not only engine overheating but also from freezing in the winter which can lead to cracked blocks and other damages under the hood. There are many different types of coolant/antifreeze available for the many different shapes and sizes of engines we own. Which one is right for your engine? Your transmission/transaxle is what transfers your engine’s power to the road below you. It has many moving internal parts just like your engine. Why wouldn’t you get the oil changed on it? It is recommended at approximately every 50k miles. Just don’t wait; skipping one and doing it later “could” be detrimental to your machine.
Here’s the problem: We have all dealt with that repair shop that scares you with an $800 estimate that most of the time has nothing to do with why you brought the car to them in the first place. A person walks into a shop with a coupon to save a few bucks on an oil change and is soon bombarded with recommendations and issues that while may be well-intentioned, are not an urgent need or of any interest to him or her at that point in time. You begin to avoid the repair shop like you avoid the dentist. This is NOT right and not fair.
That is why here at Fleetmark Solutions, we treat everyone as if they are family. I know I make sure to take care of my family so they do not get taken advantage of, and I expect that to be the case with everyone else I encounter. If you cannot trust who you are dealing with, you will most likely never take advantage of “true and honest” recommendations that will truly help protect your 2nd most valuable investment. At Fleetmark Solutions nothing is ever recommended that is not necessary, nor is anything ever charged that wasn’t completed. Unfortunately, as we all have experienced, this is not always the case at some shops around town. Never hesitate to just call and ask some questions or to get a 2nd opinion. We are here to help.
In closing, as a vehicle owner or as a fleet manager, maintenance can be your best friend and your biggest money saver. However, this is only if you have trust in your service and solutions provider, which is important with any relationship. Keep up with your oil changes, have that antifreeze tested, and service those transmissions and transaxles. Doing so will give you the best opportunity to have a worry-free, and most importantly, an incident-free trip every time you turn that key. Fleetmark Solutions – When you are here, you are family.
Quarterly our experts in the automotive industry across the Omaha Metro weigh in on topics of interest to our readers. This column was provided by Mark Griger, owner of Fleetmark Solutions.