Welcome to February! With Valentine's Day in just two weeks, we're thinking about love in our lives-- not in our spouses and partners, but with our cars, and what it takes to love those cars that can no longer perform once the warranty has run out and we've stopped getting regularly scheduled service.
Love can take many forms. The hot, passionate love is amoré, and that's the honeymoon phase kind of love that we want to keep alive forever. But there's also agape, the Platonic love and affection of a sibling or a friend. We can lose each other as we move through the cycles of our life and grow in and out of love with each other.
It's easy to let go of your love for an underperforming car in need of help. One of the hardest things to accept is our own responsibility in a vehicle's decline. And if you're on a budget, switching to a new car might not be a possibility. There's a time to decide to punt or go for a first down. Sometimes, damage and issues with a car can take a huge toll, and there's not enough life left in the car to save.
But if you love a car and want it to last, there are steps you can take to determine if your car has enough life left to warrant the investment:
- A full diagnosis will allow us to go over the needs and issues facing your vehicle. If you can save it, a diagnostic inspection will help you develop a budgetary concept of how much it will cost to keep your current car instead of moving on to a new vehicle.
- Flushes, otherwise known as fluid exchanges, can help with issues down the road in your coolant, brake, and transmission fluid pools, which can extend your vehicle's life.
- Preventative maintenance can establish regular upkeep to maintain your car while restoring it over time to its original condition.
If you feel like there's still life in your car yet and want to save her from damage caused by neglect, schedule an appointment with Larry's Independent Service today. We're located at 25721 Taladro Circle Unit A, Mission Viejo, CA 92691, and we're open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.