First the three C's.
Car Care Clinic.
My little car and I have been traveling through life together for 8 years. During that time she has been searching for the "one". The mechanic that treats her right, cares for her needs and gets along well with me. It has been a difficult journey, but I believe she has found her match. We have gone twice now to the same mechanic and I think this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship. Awwww. I can trust them, they offer free shuttle service (ooohhh oooohhh that's another story I need to tell you someday), they give you little chocolates, and I now have like three of their pens. They are the BEST pens ever! Hey those are all important qualities.
Last night was girls night and we decided to go to a car care clinic that Toledo Auto Care was hosting. I was so excited (remember I'm kinda dorky that way) to go and learn about taking care of my car. I wasn't sure what to expect, but that's what made it a mini-adventure.
Boy, did I learn a lot!
- If your car is a 2000 or later you probably only need to get your oil changed every 5,000-7,500 miles
- You should keep a file of all the work you had done on your car, so it is easily accessible if you ever want to sell it.
- You should budget $800-$1,000 a year for maintenance
- Tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles for an even wear. oops
- Transmissions should be flushed every 60,000 miles (I have 186,000 on my car and have maybe done this once...oops)
- To also help with the whole tire wearing evenly thing, you should get an alignment once a year (oops)
- Timing belts should be replaced every 60,000-105,000 miles (guess what....oops)
The owners at Toledo Auto Care are so amazingly nice and thoughtful. They also gave us a list (you know how I love lists) of things to keep in your car. I think there are only like three things I can cross off the list (Cell phone, tire gauge, and ice scraper...oh wait and a blanket. So four.) They also invited a policeman who talked to us about safety procedures if you're in an accident or (for us female types) being aware when you walk to your car.
It was fabulous...and there was food.....and prizes....and goodie bags.
After our exciting expedition through the world of cars, we ended the night soaking in the hot tub for an hour or so. Not at the car place. ;)
So there was my mini adventure. Tonight I'm going to see a ukulele band. LOL!!! How do I find these things?