Q: I want to make sure I’m covered under my car warranty, do I have to go to my dealer for maintenance and oil changes to be covered under the factory warranty?
Absolutely not. In Wisconsin, by law, you have the right to have your vehicle serviced anywhere you choose. It’s just important that you maintain records should there ever be any warranty issue.
Q: How often do I really need to have my oil changed?
We recommend every 3 months or 3000 miles for conventional or semi-synthetic oil or 5000 miles for full synthetic oil.
Q: How much should I be paying for oil changes?
The cost of an oil change can very depending on the type of oil and the vehicle’s crankcase capacity.
Q: How do I know if my vehicle needs to be maintained with synthetic oil changes?
We recommend following the manufacturer’s recommendations for oil type, and we always have that information available to us, so we are more than happy to look it up if you are unsure what your vehicle requires.
Q: Should I keep maintaining my car or buy a new one?
Normally the cost of maintaining a vehicle consistently is going to be cheaper than the cost of a new one. Additionally, sooner or later, you will have to maintain your new vehicle, as a vehicle starts to age and wear the minute you drive it off the lot.
Q: How often should windshield wiper blades be replaced?
Windshield wipers should be replaced at least once a year or sooner depending upon how they are cleaning the glass. The rubber blade will deteriorate with weather and age.
Q: How much should a water pump cost?
Many of the water pumps on today’s cars are driven by the timing belt. So, it’s in your best interest to get your car into our shop so we can give it an in-person inspection and determine exactly what needs to be replaced.
Q: Do I need to replace my shocks or struts?
We recommend replacement at 100,000 miles. Many systems are affected by your shocks and struts, such as braking distance, ride comfort, tire wear, high speed stability, and cornering.