Are you debating purchasing a new car or keeping your existing vehicle? With more and more older cars on the road, it’s not as easy as it once was to purchase a used automobile, so it’s important to take care of the one you have. Auto expert Jody Devere of AskPatty.com joined me recently to share tips on the latest car trends, how to best maintain your vehicle so it lasts you for years to come, and tips for those looking to buy a car.
Candace Rose: What are some of the car care trends making news this season?
Jody Devere: “Consumers are keeping their vehicles an average of 11 years now, so that means car maintenance repairs are taking on a whole new meaning. Something that’ll crack you up is for the first time in history, in 2012 women have more drivers license than men than do. They are also being the primary person to take vehicles in for service and repairs.”
Candace Rose: What can we do to make sure we’re getting the most out of our cars this spring?
Jody Devere: “The first thing I think of is tires because the tires are the biggest safety issue, so you want to make sure you’re getting good traction by checking your tread depth and making sure your tires are inflated properly, and of course tire selection is very important. You want to buy quality good tires like the Goodyear Assurance family of tires which is going to give you really confident all season traction, it’s going to enhance the experience you have driving because it’s more comfortable, more refined, ultimate traction but more important full efficient tires. Yes, tires and fuel efficiency go together.”
Candace Rose: What if we decide we need another car, how can we make the process less frustrating?
Jody Devere: “Well, because consumers are keeping cars longer, used vehicles are in short supply so you better take care of the car that you have by making sure you change the oil based on the manufacturers interval. In fact the American Petroleum Institute has actually launched a brand new resource for consumers called MotorOilMatters.org which really enables consumers to make sure they’re making a confident good decision about the motor oil, which means putting high quality name brand motor oil. And this really leads to your question about buying a new or used car is that if that used or pre-owned vehicle hasn’t been maintained properly, you could be buying a lemon.
So there’s a lot of information digitally, thank God for mobile apps that can help you really make a good decision and not buy a lemon, even getting checklists, reviews; but there’s a new app that’s out it’s called S.N.A.F.U. Scam. It’s the first of it’s kind, portable mobile barcode scanner app, it can actually tell if that used or pre-owned vehicle has a dangerous recall notice that needs to be taken care of. It can predict very accurately what the dealer paid for it, so they don’t overprice it and rip you off. By the way, that’s a free mobile download.”
Candace Rose: Is there anything else in the automotive world that we need to know about?
Jody Devere: “For more automotive advice and empowerment you can visit AskPatty.com/CarTips.”