Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Single Moms Guide to Simple Car Care

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Taking care of my car is very important to me because I didn't have one for four long years. Yes, four years! During this time my boys went from babies to preschoolers. Four long years taking public transportation, paying for taxi cabs, walking and begging for rides. This year at tax time I was able to use my tax refund to purchase a used car. It has dents and scratches but it has low miles and runs well. 

I was lucky enough to buy from a friend's mechanic husband. I knew I could trust him. I am not sure if you have run into this problem; but I have had certain sales people, mechanics and service technicians try to charge more money because I am a single gal. I have done my research though and try to make good decisions to keep my car running for years to come.

My boys and I are usually at Walmart once per week if not more. It is convenient and has all the items we need for our household. It is nice to have an Auto Care Center that I can trust, plus I can shop and keep my boys occupied. Have you tried to sit in a waiting are with your children? Old car magazines, the smell of tires, bad coffee and a dirty restroom. Not exactly a fun time for a couple of 5 year old boys. Being able to grab groceries or look at the toy department makes the wait bearable for this single mom. 

When we got to the store we drove around to the side of the building. There was one car in the bay and we were next. Within a minute a tech came out to car and asked how they could help me. I explained that I needed an oil change. He told me to leave the car and come inside to get the service order started. This was the first oil change I was getting since I had purchased the car.

My car is a 1997 Chevy Lumina with almost 90,000 miles on it. Based on how old it is the mileage is lower than expected. However, it is still considered high mileage and needs a specific oil to help it run to its full potential. Right now, Walmart is offering lower pricing on its services. 

From June 10th - September 9th, Pennzoil oil changes will be on Rollback at Walmart ACC {Automotive Care Center} stores.

High Mileage $35.88, compared to the regular Walmart price of $39.88. {Industry standard price is $46}
Platinum Full Synthetic $45.88, compared to the regular Walmart price of $49.88. {Industry standard price $66}

I have to admit that while I can change a tire, and have done some minor work under the hood - I don't know much about changing the oil on my car. Here is some information that I got from Walmart and Pennzoil for those that are in a similar spot.
All Pennzoil products help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. Pennzoil is designed for complete protection and will allow you to drive an extra of 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine. No other motor oil provides better protection from friction.
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.Pennzoil Warranty: 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.)

My car is now set for the summer. My boys and I don't have any big plans but we will be driving from Flagstaff to Phoenix and back again once a month. My boys are going to stay with their grandma for a week each month. It will be a much needed break for this tired mama. 

What are your plans for the summer? Are you traveling? Busy with soccer or baseball for the kids? Are you going to visit Grandma? Let me know in the comments.