Committed to Helping You Maintain Your Vehicle

At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This commitment to your vehicle doesn't stop when you leave our facility.

In this section of our website, you will find tips and news that you can use to help you maintain your vehicle and keep you driving safely and comfortably. Be sure to check back as these tips and news will be updated regularly.

Why Preventative Car Maintenance is Important

Other than your house, a car is probably going to be one of your biggest expenses over the course of your life. It’s not just the cost of the vehicle itself, but the maintenance, insurance, gas, and other expenses all add up to a big personal investment. The trouble with cars, however, is that they depreciate in value the longer you own them.

So, the best way to make your investment last as long as possible, it’s critical to stay up-to-date on the maintenance of the car. There are two major maintenance points that you should take care to stay current with:

  1. Photo credit: Audiction.comOil Changes: Checking and changing your oil is the most important aspect to keeping your car running smoothly. A good rule of thumb is to check the level and color of your oil every other time you fill the gas tank. The oil level should be consistent, and the color should not be too dark or dirty. If your oil is leaking or getting dirty, it’s time to take it in for a change. As a rule, you should have it changed every three to five thousand miles. Keeping an eye on your oil could mean the difference between a quick, $100 repair and needing a new transmission or even a new engine.
  2. Tire Maintenance: Don’t just pay attention to your tires when you get a flat – you should be checking the tire pressure and tread on a regular basis. If you plan to drive your car for a long distance or you’re going on a road trip, you should definitely check your tires before you hit the road. Proper tire air pressure and a good tread can help you avoid flats, prevent accidents, and improve your ability to handle your car safely in emergencies or bad weather. Your tread can also tip you off to problems with your wheel alignment, so early detection can help save you a lot of money in repairs later on.

Of course, there are several other preventative car maintenance tasks that you should check up on regularly. When you bring your car into Scott Sherman Auto Care for one of our oil changes, you will also receive a full car check-up. The check-up includes checks to the air filter, CV boots, exhaust system, battery, fluids, brakes, and radiator. That way, we’ll be able to catch anything that could become a problem later – saving you time and money on repairs.

Give us a call today to schedule your oil change or tire check-up appointment, and one of our skilled technicians can help you get the best preventative car maintenance. Call our Shoreline shop at 206-866-6413, or our Seattle shop at 206-745-5886.