When I first started driving, I had no idea what maintenance was involved with the upkeep of a car. Once I got a car of my own (aka hand me down from my mom), I had to learn about taking the car in to get the oil changed, tires rotated, etc. It was quite an eye opening experience the first time. The first thing the technician did was bring in a filter and tell me it must be changed, and a list of necessary repairs. Fortunately, I didn’t have the money with me to pay for those things, and since it was before cell phones were prevalent, I had no means of contacting my dad to ask him about it. Instead, I just told him I’d have to talk to my dad about it, and if he gave me approval to get it done, I’d come back later to have it done. My filter did need to be changed, but my dad changed it himself, and the rest of the items were just fine!
Recently, a friend of mine had a similar experience. She is going through a divorce, and it was her first time taking her car in for maintenance herself. They convinced her to get quite a bit of unnecessary work done, and when she mentioned it to her male friends, she discovered it was a ruse. She has been fighting to get her money back from the company. I was thrilled to get information on the Motor Oil Matters (MOM’s) campaign, that shares some valuable information and a checklist to help us all learn some valuable tips so we aren’t taken advantage of.
The MOM’s Oil Change Checklist includes the following tips (click the link for details!):
- Know how often or at what mileage your car manufacturer recommends an oil change.
- Are you getting the right viscosity (Who knew there were different kinds for cars, and what they are? Not me!)
- Is the mechanic API-licensed?
- Do you know exactly what is included in the package you select, and are they giving you what you request?
- Do you need a full oil change package?
- Are you going to a MOM-licensed installer?
- Did you get a receipt and does it document exactly what services were performed and what products were used?
- When are you due for your next oil change?
Motor Oil Matters is generously offering a $50 Visa Gift Card to one lucky reader to use on their next oil change.
Key Points to Know:
- AAA expects between the major summer holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day to aid over eight million motorists, and cautions drivers that auto maintenance is key to avoiding summertime travel breakdowns. Ensuring quality motor oil in your car is one way to prevent road trip problems.
- Motor Oil Matters, or MOM, a new consumer education and industry watchdog program by the American Petroleum Institute, has been established to stress the benefits of quality licensed motor oils and call on to the carpet those who engage in deceptive practices.
- Service-locators can be quick to offer discounted services to people who are looking to reduce their automotive maintenance costs. Make sure your service provider is pouring quality motor oil into your car before you decide on a cheaper deal.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored campaign written by me on behalf of Motor Oil Matters, the Gift Card is provided by the sponsor and will be mailed by the PR company to the winner. All opinions expressed are solely my own. For more information, be sure to visit the Motor Oil Matters website, “Like” the Facebook page, and follow the company on Twitter.
- #summersweeping to Win (US/CAN) Ends 8/15
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