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My hubby has a 2004 Pontiac that looks almost like a new car on the outside, even though it has been driven over 215,000 miles. We have taken very good care of his Grand Prix we bought new and have taken on road trips around the country, but it’s due some repairs that need to be prioritized due to our limited budget. Also, we want to make sure there is not any major or costly repairs needed before we invest more money for minor repairs into a high mileage car. We can see some fluid leaking from where we park the car, my hubby thought he felt some vibrations in the brake pedal at times and we need to know any other issues before we decide how much to spend on repairs and which repairs that need to be addressed first.
We made a reservation with Christian Brothers Automotive to have our car inspected so they can let us know which systems need attention and how we need the prioritize the repairs, especially when it comes to the safety with one of our family cars. After their thorough inspection and after two test drives to test the brakes and other systems, they reviewed with us their easy-to-understand summary that included pictures to show the areas of the car that had fluid leaking and other areas that may need repairs in the future. Their color coded system, red needs immediate attention, yellow needs to be reviewed and considered for repair and green is for systems that have no issues was really easy to understand. Also, their estimate was categorized by system which makes it very easy to compare the need of different repairs to our budget. We were pleased no red or immediate repairs were needed and our brakes are in good condition and are safe. The leaks will need some attention soon along with some other minor issues, but this inspection really helped us know which repair needs to be done first, how much to budget for the repairs needed soon and the other repairs down the road. Their detailed explanation and report is really what we needed to keep our high mileage car safe and reliable since winter is coming soon. They provided their inspection at no cost — and in fact, every time you visit Christian Brothers Automotive, your car will receive a complimentary courtesy inspection, because they want you and your family to be safe while driving.
Winter is coming and read the tips below to be prepared:
*Check on your battery. Batteries fail most often in the winter time. If you have an older battery, have it load tested before the cold weather strikes.
*Keep your washer fluid full. A de-icing variety is helpful in colder climates.
*Make sure you have the proper coolant ratio. Asking your mechanic for assistance is a good idea, as you want to make sure you have the right ratio of antifreeze and water to avoid freezing your radiator and engine.
*Change the oil. One more time. Winter weather is tough. Don’t forget to change your oil regularly.
*Keep your emergency kit stocked. If you break down, you should have emergency supplies for you and your car. Among the things to pack for winter: warm clothes, blankets or a sleeping bag, flashlights with extra batteries, a shovel, an ice scraper, flares or reflectors, salt, sand or cat litter for traction, a first aid kit with a pocket knife, matches, candles, booster cables, water and snacks.
*Check your tires for wear. Bald tires are dangerous in bad weather. Put a penny in the tread – if you can see all of Abe Lincoln’s head, it’s probably time for new tires. And keep snow chains in the car if you’re in a state that requires them.
*Try not to drive in bad weather. If you can stay home when it’s snowing or the roads are iced over, don’t go out. We understand that sometimes you don’t have a choice. At least think about it. Safety first.
*Keep your fuel tank above half full if you can. More fuel is better during colder times.
Warranty: 24,000 miles or 24 months, whichever comes last, opposite of most of auto repair locations.
Also, we greatly appreciate their company philosophy that includes giving back to the community by donating 10% of their gross profits to local charitable causes.