Vehicle Maintenance & Must-Haves! #DropShopAndOil

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I drive a lot.  Like,  a lot a lot.  I’ve put about 100,000 miles on my “mom car” since I bought her 4 years ago.

I thought that once I became a work at home mom that I’d be cutting down on mileage but that has not been the case at all. Like I said, I drive a lot. We drive to and from dance and soccer, shopping trips and doctors appointments, on Fridays we drive to one end of the state for ski lessons, then up to Massachusetts for swim, then home again (that’s 73.5 miles for those keeping track!) We also make quite a few trips to visit friends and family back home in New York (about 340 miles, round trip) Add in our many random road trips around New England, trips to Florida, and car-nap drives…I rack up the miles on my purple Ford Edge!

Because I need this car to last a bit longer (at least another year) I need to take good care of her! My father taught me the importance of routine vehicle maintenance. I remember many lessons on tire and oil changes, monitoring your car’s fluids, which sounds are normal and which are not, how to find the correct oil and air filter and how to replace them, and everything in between.  Even now, he is always asking if I have enough wiper fluid, checking tire pressure, asking how much gas I have in the tank and checking my oil!

My dad is a vehicle maintenance guru.

He always changed the oil in our cars and I often helped him. I believed that, as an adult, I’d always change the oil in my own cars as well. The thing is, now that I am an adult with my own car…I don’t really want to change the oil myself.  I’d rather have someone else do it. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is incredibly easy to do, but lots of miles = lots of oil changes, and I don’t want to shimmy under my car in the dead of winter or in the sweltering heat of summer, or the muddy spring.

So, I’ll just pay someone else to do it!

But where? Have you ever sat in the waiting area of a car dealership service center, or “quick” oil change joint with a toddler? Let me tell you, it is not fun. Fortunately, we have a Walmart not too far away that has an Automotive Care Center!  I can drop off my car, shop for what we need and then pick up my car when we’re done! Perfect!!

Earlier this week, I realized that my car was overdue for an oil change (sorry dad!!) So,  our whole family headed to the Walmart Automotive Care Center to get it take care of! They have a few options for oil changes using Pennzoil:

  • Conventional Motor Oil – A traditional oil base, fortified with Active Cleaning Agents™ to continuously prevent dirt and contaminants from creating performance-robbing deposits.
  • High Mileage Vehicle – Helps to reduce leaks and oil consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. It’s a motor oil that is specifically designed for new or late model vehicles with over 75,000 miles, to help keep the engines running clean and going strong for a long time.
  • Platinum (synthetic motor oil) – Best cleanliness and protection in the Pennzoil line-up. With PurePlus™ Technology, the Platinum® motor oil is proven to keep pistons up to 40% cleaner than the toughest industry standard. PurePlus™ Technology is a revolutionary process that converts natural gas into a 99.5% pure base oil.

I typically go with the High Mileage Vehicle oil since…well, I have a high mileage vehicle and all.  And, Pennzoil also offers a free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear or which experience abnormal wear due to friction. (For more information, check out the Pennzoil Warranty Site.)

Auto Care Center at Walmart #DropShopAndOil

We went in and were immediately greeted at the counter, with a quick look-up of our customer and car info, we handed over the keys and we were all set! Avery wanted to go to the toy section, of course, but we realized it was rapidly approaching her dinner time. We had been told that our car would be ready in about 35 minutes, just enough time to grab Avery a sandwich at Subway located within the store! We ate, grabbed a few items in the automotive department that we needed and went to pick up my car! It was all so simple, and painless!

I love that I am able to drop off my car for service, and shop for all our families needs. This is especially helpful when we’re preparing to leave for a road trip! We often go to the Walmart Auto Care Center the day or a few days before hitting the road for our next adventure!  Other than an oil change, here are our must-have items to make our trips successful!

1. Car chargers and music! No Road trip is a success without some good tunes, and nobody wants their phone to die!!  How on earth would we know where we are going without the built in GPS???

Road Trip music  #DropShopandoil #ad2. MAPS!   Oh! Right! This is what you’ll need if your phone battery dies, or the GPS can’t figure out where the heck you are (I’m looking at you Boston!!) Map #DropShopAndOil #ad

3. Toll money! Especially quarters! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten to a toll that I wasn’t expecting and had to search for exact change! Now I get my tolls ready in advance so I don’t have to dig between the seats searching for one more quarter!

Toll money #DropShopAndOil4. An emergency kit.  Everyone should have this in their car at all times. It is especially important on trips when you wont have a friend to call who can help you out in a pinch! Also, if you don’t have it already, invest in roadside assistance!  I had to use it when my alternator conked out on a deserted turnpike in Middle-of-Nowhere, Oklahoma. It was such a blessing!  Emergency kit #DropShopAndOil

5. SNACKS! These are extremely important! Have a variety of snacks, and make sure they are within reach! Even if you have a “no food” rule in your car, you can let it slide on a long road trip! Especially if you have toddlers!

snacks #DropShopAndOil6. Activities! You’ll need something to keep the kiddos entertained. We bring books, travel games and other mess free activities on all our trips. It helps pass the time and keep Avery from asking to get out of the car every 5 minutes.

books and activities #DropShopAndOil7. Gas cards! We like to budget and put our gas money on prepaid gas cards! Walmart has a great reloadable one that can be used at their stores and gas stations across the country!

Walmart Reloadable Gift Card #DropShopAndOil

And of course, the most important “must-haves” are your travel companions! A road trip is more fun with friends!!

What are your must have items for family road trips?

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28 comments

  1. David @ Spiced says:

    What a great collection of tips! I love that I can swing through Walmart and get my oil changed while I’m getting my errands done at the same time. It sounds like you really put some quality miles on that car of yours…I’ll have to keep en eye out for a purple Ford Edge passing me on the road…haha! #client
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  3. Veronica Marks says:

    I completely agree with you about not wanting to get under the car to do my own oil changes. I’d much rather pay a bit extra to have things like that done for me. I also have a toddler, and one thing that’s really helped is that our local mechanic shop actually lets us stay in the car while they do the maintenance stuff. It’s great because I don’t have to get the baby out and the work gets done much more quickly since we are literally right there waiting!

  4. Tracy says:

    Hey Sarah, you are so lucky to have a maintenance guru by your side, no wonder you are good in it :) I also visit a car maintenance expert to do some oil change and other maintenance which works well for me. and I must say that I fell in love with your list, it gives me a full idea on what I must have especially as I plan to run away from these harsh weather. Thanks for the post.

    Tracy

  5. Robin Nixon says:

    I cant wait to check out some of these blogs! I’ve really wanted to start learning more about cars and auto repairs lately and I think this will help a lot. I think it can save my family some money if we knew how to do some repairs at home, so this is great! Thanks again for all the options.

  6. Ashad @ Mobile Auto Mechanic Calgary says:

    Most of the people mistakenly believe that the suspension is mainly about having a smooth ride, and therefore some main repairs aren’t as important as other maintenance issues like oil changes or brakes. Having a bad suspension can be greatly affect the ability to control the vehicle, specially when stopping or turning. So it’s in your best interest not to ignore this part of auto maintenance.

  7. Cortney G says:

    Wow..
    What a lovely post. These are very useful and wonderful tips that will surely help me.It is very much important to take extra care of your car to avoid breakdown.
    I strongly agree that if all these maintenance tips are implemented, peace of mind is guaranteed..

    Thanks for sharing. Keep posting and Keep sharing.
    Regards;
    Cortney G
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  8. Steven Reynolds says:

    Hey Sarah,

    Thank you ever so much for sharing your tips on vehicle maintenance

    It’s always easier to learn when you have somebody experienced in car repairs and vehicle maintenance there by your side to help you learn the rights and wrongs of cars’ inner workings!

    That’s what I found when I first trained to become a car mechanic at an MOT garage anyway (that wasn’t yesterday!)

  9. car service says:

    The way you maintaning your car its awesome.For effecient working of vehicle it requires proper maintenance.it needs proper oiling & servicing time to time.Thank you so much sharing the useful information to us.

  10. Brian says:

    Great list! Taking care of your car is so important, especially if you are driving as much as you are! I don’t think I’ll ever change my own oil, I know its easy, but I definitely agree its so much easier just to have someone else do it! Thanks for sharing!

  11. front end specialist NJ says:

    A routine maintenance is not so bad, to avoid bigger problems in the future and even prevent from even having one.
    That is really an important thing you should get fix. seats may not just for comfort but safety too. get a good auto service to check that out.
    A well-maintained car has a higher selling value which will help you acquire a better return on your investment if you decide to sell it.

  12. silveroak says:

    These are such great tips for getting prepared to service a new car. I actually didn’t know that it isn’t a prerequisite to get the service done from the dealership you bought the car from. My wife and I are about to buy our first car in the next month or so, so we will keep all of these things in mind when we are searching for a car. Auto service costs really are an important factor to take into account!

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