Hey Coralville Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?
Posted January 3, 2018 2:18 AM
Nowadays, Coralville drivers are paying more at IA gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many IA drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before.
Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Coralville, IA, roads have over 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) on them. The average age of vehicles is over nine years. And most people in the Coralville area can't afford to be stranded or inconvenienced by a breakdown. So following a regular maintenance schedule, like personal diet and exercise plans, is actually critical to preserving your investment.
Determining what to do for a higher-mileage vehicle can be challenging because many owner's manuals don't publish service intervals after 60,000 miles (100,000 kilometers). Thus, Coralville drivers need to be better at keeping records and planning for preventive maintenance.
You can start by figuring that services with a recommended interval should still be performed on that interval, even after you're past the tables in your service manual. For example, a service might be recommended every 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers). Well, just keep doing it every 15,000 miles (24,000 kilometers) for as long as you have your car.
Now higher mileage engines operate under more stress. Some IA automotive experts suggest that the severe service schedule is more appropriate and that routine service should be performed at shorter intervals. Check with your owners' manual or service advisor at Off Campus Auto Repair to see if the severe service schedule is right for your vehicle.
And keeping current with your full-service oil change schedule is important for a couple of reasons. First, older engines have had more time to build up oil sludge. Skipping an oil change here and there can really compound the problem for your vehicle.
Another equally important reason is that your other fluids are routinely checked and topped off. Power steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant and transmission fluid can be kept at optimal levels even though the older seals and gaskets are leaking more than when they were new.
And speaking of older seals and gaskets: they start to dry out and become more brittle with age. You may want to consider using high mileage formulation oil and fluids. These products contain additives to condition seals and gaskets to keep them from leaking. The high mileage formulations cost more than standard products, but they are well worth it in terms of preventing serious repair bills down the road.
Older vehicles in the Coralville, IA, area need repairs and replacements that newer ones don't: things like timing belts, radiator hoses, suspension work, anti-lock brakes, air bags, water pumps, alternators and batteries. That may seem like a lot of stuff to have done, but it works out to be cheaper than new car payments.
With a high-mileage vehicle, a couple of relationships will become pretty important to Coralville drivers. The first is with your service advisor at Off Campus Auto Repair. You need someone you trust to take care of your car and be mindful of your needs. Ask for help to develop a plan to keep your vehicle road-worthy that works within your budget and for the Coralville, IA, area driving conditions.
The next relationship is with your vehicle itself. We're not talking about naming your car or tucking it in at night. We just mean - pay attention and get to know your vehicle. Notice unusual sounds, smells, vibrations, etc. Then you can describe the changes to your service advisor at Off Campus Auto Repair and head off problems. We can't do anything about the price of gas, but we can properly maintain Old Faithful to keep it safely and economically on the local Coralville roads.
Called AAA for a jump start on my truck. Harold from your shop was dispatched. I had a scheduled appointment that morning and was in a bit of a hurry. Harold arrived actually ahead of the scheduled time and had me in the road promptly. I am very happy with your service and especially your technician Harold.
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Reliable and trustworthy! I have been a customer of OCAR for many years. The staff is always pleasant and you actually get to talk to the mechanics who work on your car, not to some service advisor. They give you their recommendations and your options. Prices are about the same as the new car dealers charge.
-Tom & Ann P.
I had very prompt and very efficient flat repair service from a very friendly service person (Harold). He arrived at our house and was very pleasant and helpful. He spoke highly of and enjoyed working at Off Campus which says a lot for the management.
-Dave Reynolds - Iowa City
Harold arrived quickly and gave me several options for my battery problems. Was nice and replaced my battery right where i was stranded. 10/10 Service, I highly recommend.
-Jared - Iowa City
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-Joel & Lu Ann Balch - Rockford, Illinois
I just had a great AAA service call from Harold. I needed a replacement battery and he got it taken care of quickly! You can't go wrong with this company!
-Kathyl Jogerst - Coralville Iowa
I had an old dead battery that would not keep charge. After calling AAA, I received a call back from the tow and roadside assistance service within minutes. The woman I spoke with was very pleasant and efficient. After 15min, Harold came out to where I was on the far East side of the Iowa City limit. Harold was a pleasure to meet and work with. He assessed the battery, explained the battery health report well and I decided to have him replace it then and there. Everything went well. The whole process was quick, efficient, professional, and pleasant. For any future similar car troubles, I will definitely be calling them again.
-Robert Marini - Iowa City, IA
Harold was super friendly and very professional. He was efficient and he did a great job too!
-Courtney - Iowa
Very happy with service.
Friendly, reliable, competitive rates.
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Best Auto Repair in the Area!
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-Daleine & Jack C.
I took my '88 mercury ford cougar into them to get my transmission fluid & transmission filter changed. They where informational about if something was already wrong with the transmission, then the work that they were going to do could make it worse.
They let me drive a nice loaner car for free, without having to fill out any paperwork, for as long as my car was in the shop.
On the bill, they had recommend work that needed to be done at some point, that included the price of each job.
They didn't push for the most expensive thing to be done first, they actually recommend the 2 cheapest things be done first, which was the back break light, so that I don't get pulled over by the cops, & the serpentine belt, so it wouldn't end up breaking in me.
I highly recommend them to everyone with car problems & I plan on getting all recommend car work done there.
Office staff was courteous and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend their services to my friends. Thanks for repairing my vehicle and making it sound like a new vehicle.
-Matt M. - Iowa City
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-Carson S. - Rapid City, SD
I had the pleasure of meeting Harold today who was very kind, personable, and knowledgable. He was a delightful man who replaced my battery very quickly, while we shared various personal stories in the process. Could not have asked for better service.
-Robby B. - Iowa City, IA
Our vehicle blew a spark plug in Iowa City on a Sunday. Being 7 hours from our home in Ohio, off campus not only provided quick and professional towing for our vehicle, their staff also provided a loaner car for us to get food, lodging and a rental. Since we had to return to Ohio prior to repairs, the off-campus staff was thorough in keeping us informed on the status of repairs, as well as providing an exact cost estimate along the way. In a world of sketchy dealerships and repair shops, I was completely blown away by the service provided by the off campus technicians. I would like to thank James, Keith and the entire off campus crew for taking great care of both my vehicle and family during this ordeal, and would encourage anyone reading this post to use off campus if you need a tow or vehicle repair while in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.
-Ryan D. - Beavercreek, Ohio
-Bill - Coralville Iowa 5224
I had an accident returning to MI. Off Campus Towing picked up my van and they were very nice to even take me to a hotel, and that was only the beginning of their over the top helpfulness. The accident was on 9-10-15. They were very helpful in getting the insurance company to appraise the van Then Off Campus Repair took over. They put the Van back to together with excellent workmanship. Everyone of the employees were over the top helpful. Beautiful facility and they know their craft. I highly recommend Off Campus Towing and Repair. Thanks!
-Bill and Margo M. - Fenton MI 48430
My A/C seized between Nebraska and Pennsylvania. They were able to work me in and get me back on the road quickly. Complete professionals, courteous and would even recommend Off Campus Repair to Grandma!
Off Campus keeps us safely rolling year after year. Efficient, knowledgeable, HONEST professionals - so happy we found them when we arrived in the area.These guys have ALWAYS given us the best value for our money.
Outstanding service and polite employees. You can trust this business completely!