"Be Car Care Aware" Campaign

More Motorists Keeping Vehicles Longer

According to a recent story in USA Today, more motorists are maintaining their current vehicles instead of purchasing new ones because of the uncertain economic environment. However, recent Car Care Council survey results show that 80 percent of the vehicles inspected during vehicle check-up events needed either service or parts.

Get Ready for Winter

Part of parenting is dispensing driving advice. For example, in icy weather young drivers may be told, "Take it slow. Don't drive any faster than the speed at which you're willing to hit a brick wall." Thanks Mom. Thanks Dad. Driving slowly and cautiously is good advice, but the Car Care Council reminds motorists of other cold weather tips.

The first and most important is to be proactive. That means making sure you're car is mechanically sound before the temperature dips and the streets get icy.

Consumers and Small Businesses Could Suffer Without Right to Repair Legislation

Today’s modern vehicle is a very complex machine and nearly every system on it is controlled and monitored by computers. In fact, advances in vehicle technology are demanding new tools, an increased amount of technical information and software in order for professional technicians to service, diagnose and repair these vehicles.  

With the increased use of computers and electronics, car companies are garnering a greater ability to control access to the information and tools necessary for the independent service industry to stay competitive with the franchised new car dealers.  

Car Covers Protect Against the Elements While Protecting Your Investment

The use of a car cover can help protect your car from a myriad of harmful factors such as sunlight, acid rain, fallen braches, etc. However, if you do not use the cover properly, you may risk the chance of damaging your vehicle rather than protecting it.

Most car covers are used to shield your car from the outdoor elements but some people use them indoors as well to protect against dust. There are three basic types of car covers: water proof, water resistant and non-water resistant. Each of these covers has advantages and disadvantages.

Smart Motorists Don’t Trade, They Upgrade

Although you may want to get rid of your present vehicle in favor of a new car, repowering your current set of wheels may make much more sense in the long run, according to the Engine Repower Council (ERC) and the Car Care Council (CCC).

Small Business Owners Will Suffer Without “Right to Repair Act”

Major Associations Support Act to Keep Marketplace Competitive Passage of the Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act is critical toward ensuring both the economic well being of the small businesses that comprise the independent vehicle repair industry and the affordability and convenience of maintaining vehicles for American car owners, according to leaders of several national aftermarket associations.

What is Your Check Engine Light Telling You?

One of the most vital components to a properly functioning vehicle is the ‘Check Engine’ light. It alerts the driver to a variety of potential problems based on the vehicle’s onboard diagnostic system. When the ‘Check Engine’ light comes on, it means that some system in your vehicle, including ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating at peak performance, even if your vehicle appears to you to be running normally.

Avoiding Road Debris Could Be Simple With Preventative Vehicle Check

Many of the more than 25,000 vehicle accidents caused by debris on the highway could be avoided by simple maintenance, according to the Care car Council.

Buying a New Car? Financial Planners Have a Better Idea

Maintaining Present Vehicle May Be Key to Long-Term Financial Happiness
Everybody wants a new car. You see a nice car pass you on the highway and think, ‘Why can’t I have that’? However, financial planners believe that taking better care of your current car may help you in the long run with your goal of financial freedom, according to the Car Care Council.

Inspections Show Most Vehicles Need More Care

Do you have your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles? Do you regularly check the air pressure in your tires or have them rotated on a set maintenance schedule? Are your vehicle’s fluids checked regularly?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you’re not alone.

According to the Car Care Council, 87 percent of vehicles inspected during National Car Care Month earlier this year failed one or more aspects of the annual inspection.

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