31 March 2008

New reminder service and free maintenance inspections during April's National Car Care Month


April is National Car Care Month, the time of year to focus on taking better care of your second largest investment. To celebrate, Coppell Tire & Auto is offering free maintenance inspections throughout the month. The 41 point inspection, recommended by the Car Care Council, checks components on vehicles that typically get overlooked, including tires, air filters, lubricants and fluids, belts and hoses, battery cables and lights.

In addition, the company is introducing Car Care Reminders, an email based service that provides customers with friendly maintenance reminders specific to their vehicle and driving habits. The service compares the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule with the vehicle's actual service history and mileage to calculate customer and vehicle specific reminder dates. Customers may also specify the components or services they want to track.

Asked why he felt the need to invest in the computer technology and free check-ups, Coppell Tire & Auto's owner/manager Shannon Schmittou quipped, "Our repair service is booming, but that's not necessarily a good thing, especially when many of the repairs are avoidable. It's all about keeping our customers happy. They're much happier when they stop by for low-cost maintenance, than towed in for high-cost repairs."

In 2007, results of car care events nationwide showed that consumers are neglecting their cars, with eight out of 10 vehicles failing at least one component of the vehicle inspection process. Consumers are relying more and more on quick oil change services and onboard computers for their maintenance information, often with undesirable results. Something as simple as tire inflation can dramatically reduce tire life, decrease gas mileage, and impede braking and handling performance critical for accident avoidance. Other components, if left unchecked, can have a similar or worse affect on performance, safety, and repair costs.

To schedule a free maintenance inspection and sign up for Car Care Reminders, call 972-393-2521 or stop by the shop.

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