Triaging Your Repairs: Keep Your Car on the Road

The downside with vehicles is that they don’t last forever. Things wear out, and break down. And while there’s no hard and fast rule about what pieces are more important than others, you can prioritize to keep yourself on the road without breaking the bank.

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The first thing you need to keep in mind is your and your family’s safety. If the item that needs to be repaired will cause a safety issue, it should be at the top of your list. Safety is number one.

Next on the list is breakdown prevention. If there’s something wrong with your vehicle that can leave you stranded or in a lurch, that should be next up after safety. The basic function of a vehicle is to get you from point A to point B. If that’s not going to happen, your vehicle isn’t much use to you.

And lastly is maintenance. Things that could be fixed, but aren’t causing an issue right now. Belts, hoses, and filters will fall under this category. If there is nothing compromising safety or causing you to break down, then these are your priority.

1. Brakes. If the car will start, you’re at an advantage. That advantage disappears if you can’t stop. If you’re having trouble with the brakes, get them fixed. Period. Full stop. Brakes need to work.

2. Oil change. Oil and gas are the life-bloods of your vehicle. But keep in mind again. If the car starts, great. If it won’t keep starting because it’s insides are seized because you didn’t change the oil, that doesn’t matter anymore. Check the manual of your vehicle see how often you should change the oil to keep your vehicle in top condition.

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3. Tires. Once again, it’s great if your car starts, but if your tires are worn and no good, you won’t go far on them. There’s a reason why tires have tread. They need it. Otherwise you can’t keep control of your vehicle when you’re driving, and that’s going to cause some trouble for you.

4. Steering issues. If your vehicle won’t go the way you want it to, or it’s difficult to control, that needs to be fixed. Without control your car becomes a 2 ton wrecking ball on wheels. That’s dangerous

5. Suspension. Suspension keeps your car riding smooth. At first glance, this isn’t really a safety issue, but if your car isn’t riding smooth, or handling the road properly, you can lose control. No control in a car is obviously bad news.

If you bring your vehicle in for maintenance, we will be able to prioritize repairs for you. We'll work with you, giving you a list of what NEEDS to be fixed, what SHOULD be fixed, and what can wait, and then we figure out a plan that will work for you, your lifestyle, and your vehicle.