Economics of Maintenance for Spring Hill Auto Owners
Posted February 26, 2018 02:05 AM
Buying a new car in Spring Hill is always a big financial decision. The allure of that new car smell is powerful, to be sure. But what if your current car is still in good shape? How do you decide?
People in Spring Hill who've been used to driving a new car every three to five years may be having second thoughts in this economy. For many, the question is, how does the certainty of a new car payment stack up against uncertain repairs for a car that may be out of warranty?
For purposes of our discussion, let's assume you live right here in Spring Hill and have a five year old vehicle. It's now paid off. If you keep it, you fear that there'll be some repairs over the next five years, but you really don't know what to expect. For help we turned to maintenance and repair information for cars and trucks. With this data, they project likely service and repair costs for a particular make and model. They're able to use manufacturer's maintenance schedules and repair histories for the projections.
Of course, these projections can't predict what will happen to your vehicle in Spring Hill, but they do give you information to use in your decision.
Let's look at the numbers for a five year old Toyota Camry V-6. In this example, the combined maintenance and repairs for the five year period is $5,748. This works out to an average of $96 a month. The year-by-year averages range from a low of $49 a month to $124 a month.
So compare $96 a month with a new car payment. And it's actually better news than that; you would still have maintenance expenses with a new car, so the repair element could be less than half that figure.
Here are numbers for some other five year old vehicles from around Spring Hill:
- Ford Escape - $116 a month
- Chevy Silverado - $131 a month
- Jeep Grand Cherokee - $138 a month
- Hyundai Accent - $85 a month.
Now, if your vehicle is older than five years, have a chat with your Spring Hill service advisor at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto. We see hundreds of vehicles through our bays every month and we know your car. See if there's any particular problem in common with your vehicle that you might see over the next couple of years.
And of course, the best way to keep future repair costs down is to take care of all your scheduled maintenance. This is especially important in older vehicles that have had time to accumulate some deposits.
There are special motor oil formulations that help clean older engines and protect and recondition their seals and gaskets.
We hope this eliminates some of the unknowns in the decision to keep or trade.
Give us a call if you have any questions.
TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring for Your Spring Hill Vehicle
Posted February 21, 2018 10:16 AM
Spring Hill drivers may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Florida come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around the Spring Hill area have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.
If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the vehicle manufacture’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When drivers see the warning light, they know it's time to put some air in the tires.
There are many benefits to people in Spring Hill who drive with properly inflated tires. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves fuel economy. Driving on underinflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel economy. Drivers in Spring Hill will also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires will last longer.
Another important benefit of properly inflated tires is increased safety for Spring Hill vehicles. Underinflated tires become hotter, and that heat can actually lead to tire failure – possibly resulting in an accident. Your vehicle and the tires themselves will just perform better and more safely around Spring Hill with properly inflated tires.
Local Florida consumer groups and law-makers advocate TPMS systems hoping that they will save lives, property damage and inconvenience. While you can't put a value on saving a life, Spring Hill drivers should keep in mind that TPMS systems aren't free.
The systems themselves are added into the price of the vehicle. The batteries in the sensors will have to be replaced from time to time. Parts will break and need to be replaced. In colder climates around Florida, ice and salt are frequent causes of failure.
In addition, there are other behind-the-scenes costs we want you to be aware of. Every time a tire is replaced, repaired, rotated or balanced, the tire technician has to deal with the TPMS system.
Spring Hill service centers such as George's Wholesale Tire & Auto must purchase equipment used to scan and reactivate the TPMS system after every tire service. Because older tire change equipment can damage TPMS sensors, your Spring Hill area service center may need to buy expensive, new tire changers.
Since there is no uniformity among manufacturers, technicians need to be trained on several TPMS systems. These behind-the-scenes costs are very real to Spring Hill service center managers.
That's why the team at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto is anxious for people in the Spring Hill area to understand the financial impact of TPMS systems. In the past, we've been able to quickly and cheaply provide tire services and then pass the low cost on to customers as an expression of our good will. But now even these simple jobs take much longer and require equipment.
Sensors will need to be removed and reinstalled. Even a tire rotation will require that the monitor be reprogrammed to the new location of each tire. When a vehicle battery is disconnected, the TPMS system will need to be reprogrammed.
So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up in Florida, please keep in mind that it's because of this new safety equipment. The team at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto just wants to keep you safely on the road – and we're committed to doing it at a fair price.
It's important to remember that the TPMS warning only comes on when a tire is severely underinflated. You'll still want to check your tire pressure regularly. At every fill-up is best, but you should check pressure at least once a month. Here's wishing you safe travels.
Contact George's Wholesale Tire & Auto for more information about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.
Wheel Balancing at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
Posted February 14, 2018 07:35 AM
So you love your job, and your family life is great. Congratulations! You have achieved balance. But can you say the same for your wheels? Spring Hill drivers can tell if their tires are out of balance by vibrations at higher speeds on Florida roads. If one of the front tires is out, you feel the vibration in the steering wheel. If it's a back tire, you'll feel the vibration in your seat.
Tires and wheels are pretty heavy. When a tire is mounted on a wheel at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto, it is usually not perfectly balanced. So the technician will spin the tire on a machine to determine where it's too heavy. He will then place weights on the wheels in strategic locations to balance it out. When a tire is out of balance, it actually bounces down the road instead of rolling smoothly. Since the average size tire rotates at about 850 revolutions per minute at 60 mph/97 kph, it is actually slamming into the pavement 14 times a second. That's where you get your vibration.
Most people in Spring Hill are surprised at how smoothly their car rides after balancing all four wheels.
Most high-quality tires sold in Spring Hill hold their balance pretty well. They just get out of balance gradually with normal wear and tear. If you suddenly feel a vibration, it is probably because you lost a wheel balancing weight along the way. Definitely get a balance at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill if you feel a vibration, change your rims or have a flat repaired. Putting off a needed balance job leads to excessive and tire wear, wear to your shocks, struts, steering and suspension parts. Wheel balancing not only improves your ride and handling, but also can save you some repair bills and possibly an accident. Additionally, you will get better fuel economy.
Some Spring Hill area drivers have their tires balanced at every rotation. Others do it every other time. Check your owner's manual for your requirements, or ask your friendly service advisor at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto. Doing this will put you on the path to mechanical wheel balance.
What Spring Hill Customers like About Us at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
Posted February 04, 2018 04:14 AM
A big part of the service we provide at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto for our Spring Hill customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions.
And we're always open to questions from our valued Spring Hill area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our George's Wholesale Tire & Auto automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask.
We've found our Spring Hill customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that George's Wholesale Tire & Auto is not just pulling them out of the air.
We know that people in Spring Hill live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook service.
We hope Florida drivers appreciate their courtesy inspection when they come into our Spring Hill facility for service. If we find something unexpected, it's good to know, and if we don't find anything wrong, you get a little peace of mind.
You know, customer satisfaction is very important to us at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto. We want to run a professional and friendly Spring Hill automotive service operation. If we do, you'll keep coming back and recommend us to your friends.
Give us a call at (352) 398-1701.