Owners of automotive repair shops depend on repeat customers in order to have a thriving, successful business. Customers return and refer the services of a mechanic or particular repair shop according to the quality of service. Giving customers’ cars preventative care in order to avoid them having difficulties while on the road helps to ensure they will become dedicated to the transmission repair and auto maintenance services being provided by that particular shop or service center. In those instances when customers are unsatisfied, or worse, have complaints that their car was damaged, having insurance for your repair shop is essential.
By thoroughly inspecting any car brought in for service or repairs, a mechanic can find those “little things” that a car owner may not have noticed about their vehicle, while still in the shop, to prevent them having to return days later to have the vehicle looked at because of some major problem they may then be experiencing.
Windshield Wiper Replacement
It’s much easier to avoid hitting things that can be seen, therefore have your trusted automotive repair shop replace old or cracked windshield wipers before they become a liability.
Fall is the ideal wiper replacement time, after the heat of summer and before the winter weather begins. Depending on location, replacement may be an annual affair or a biannual chore in northern climates.
Tightening The Gas Cap
If the “Check Engine” light is on, then make sure the gas cap is on tightly. This is one of the most common ways of setting off a car’s diagnostic system since a loose gas cap upsets the fuel system’s venting arrangement.
Spark Plug Replacement
With newer cars, valves no longer need adjusting, ignition timing is computer controlled, and there are no carburetors to fiddle with. Spark plugs, however, still need to be maintained. These are often good for 100,000 miles and should be checked during the 60,000- and 120,000-mile services when the timing belt, spark plug wires, and coolant are due for replacement.
Oil Change Timing
Oil changes every 3,000 miles used to be required, but today, advances in engine design and lubricants make oil changes something to be generally done when a car owner’s schedule calls for it. Other things that can be done while servicing a customer’s vehicle includes checking for:
Proper tire inflation and rotation
Air filter cleaning or replacement
Replacement of brake shoes and pads (if necessary)
Replacing worn tires (as needed)
By taking the time and doing these added value procedures, any reputable repair shop can grow their business.