Preventative Maintenance: The Beginning of the Driver-Shop Relationship

“I probably have a few thousand more miles to go before my next maintenance visit,” is something that plenty of drivers tell themselves every few thousand miles they drive. Without rifling through the glovebox for a receipt, many drivers might not be able to say the last time they brought their cars in for more than just a quick oil change. Many likely don’t remember what mileage the odometer displayed the last time they truly felt like they were on top of their car’s maintenance.

Any car owner’s manual (likely at the bottom of the glovebox under the receipts that drivers were looking for earlier), will display a detailed schedule of suggested maintenance given at certain mileage intervals. These could range from changing the oil and other fluids, to tire rotations, to replacing certain powertrain components and to combat wear and tear. Before ever sending them to market, a car’s manufacturer has evaluated the durability of that specific year/make/model and wants to help that car last as long as possible. That reliability benefits both the manufacturer’s reputation and marketability and the driver directly, so long as the driver does his or her part in keeping up with the maintenance.

For example, perhaps a car’s maintenance schedule calls for a timing belt replacement at 100,000 miles.

In a perfect world, that car would be rolling into a repair shop right as the odometer reads 99,999.9 miles. But in reality, car owners have busy lives. They go to work, run their errands, and generally spend their days getting from point A to B as needed. Car owners don’t want to complicate their routines and their to-do-list with downtime spent car-less as it undergoes its maintenance.

So, in the meantime, drivers keep on driving. Their engines keep on running, their brakes keep on gripping, and things operate the way they should. In some instance, drivers do find the time for the occasional lube, oil and filter change, just enough to keep everything running the way it should.

Every part of a car will eventually fail and sometimes, they do.

That aforementioned timing belt that was due for a replacement, might just snap and it’ll incur plenty of collateral damage along with it. Now that driver is saddled with the burden of damage to their car’s valves, cylinders, and camshafts. Additionally, a timing belt replacement is a good opportunity to replace the car’s water pump while a mechanic has clear access to it. What could have only cost around $1000 had the driver proactively adhered to the scheduled maintenance might now, depending on the year/make/model, be worth more than the total value of the car itself.

Drivers don’t want to experience a total loss on their vehicle due to having waited just a little too long for maintenance task, yet the current realities of car ownership and care haven’t been as accommodating of drivers’ needs as they should be.

Autonet Mobile is introducing an entire new reality for drivers and for shops with CarCure.

Any car owner who downloads the CarCure app and submits his or her vehicle’s information can have easy access to that car’s maintenance schedule and receive notifications for oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups, parts replacements, fluid flushes and other basic car care. Our “digital glovebox” makes it easier than it’s ever been to know when a car needs care and to make it happen swiftly.

Perhaps a manufacturer’s recommended maintenance doesn’t tell the full story of issues common to a specific year and model of car. CarCure gives all its users a head start in addressing it by way of our Predictive Service Plan, which searches 500 million repair records to give car owners a look at the specific repairs that their cars are most likely to need over the next 12 months.

With preventative maintenance commanding drivers’ attention, the advisement of CarCure’s Predictive Service Plan motivating supplemental maintenance, our 1-to-1 match between car and shop and innovative financing solutions, CarCure’s benefit to both car owners and repair shops, provide a novel opportunity to build a mutually-trusting relationship that can grow and evolve over the prolonged lifespan of a well-maintained car.

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