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Do You Really Need to Get an Oil Change Every 3 Months or 3,000 Miles?
I want you to picture that little sticker that the mechanic puts on the corner of your windshield. You know which one. The one that tells you when you need to get your next oil change. But how often do you really check it? When it’s just past the date? Or just a couple thousand miles overdue? You may wonder if you really need to be getting that oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles, but we promise it will keep your vehicle running smoothly and save you money in the long run.
What Is the Point of Oil Changes for Your Car?
Most people think that an oil change is important because it lubricates your engine. This is true. It does that, but it also helps with:
- cooling your engine to prevent overheating
- cleaning your engine
- protecting internal parts
- sealing combustion chambers
- absorbing moisture, dust, and combustion byproducts
You wouldn’t believe how many oil changes Godwin Motors’ service center does in a week. We service vehicles in the Columbia, Lexington, Sumter, West Columbia, Dentsville, Elgin, Blythewood, Winnsboro, and all the surrounding areas. Just remember if you’re doing it yourself to change the filter too. Our mechanics change your oil and oil filter at the same time because you don’t want to run clean oil through a dirty filter. It defeats the purpose. We also do the following during your oil change:
- check tires for wear & tear
- top off all fluids (wiper, coolant, transmission if applicable)
- check for leaks (coolant, oil, transmission)
- consult the customer if needed
Cheap Oil Change Prices in Columbia, SC | $19.99 Every Wednesday
Would you rather spend $20 every 3 months or over $1000 when you need your engine repaired because you avoided getting those oil changes? Easy decision, right? Oil is pretty cheap. An engine overhaul is not. Godwin Motors , in Columbia, S.C., offers affordable oil changes. Mark your calendar to come in to Godwin Motors on a Wednesday for a $19.99 oil change. We’ll make sure to put that reminder sticker on your windshield too.
I know you’ve experienced this situation. You get in the car. Then you put your phone on the console. Next, you move to get situated and that’s when it happens. Your phone slips off the console and falls between the seat and your console. You then let out a frustrated sigh as you try to squeeze your hand down to find your phone. Now this is where it gets interesting, almost nostalgic. You bring your hand back up grasping a pen, some hair, a morsel or two of food, and those ear buds you thought you lost. Yes, this is the moment you think to yourself, “When was the last time I detailed my car?”
Beautiful on the Inside and Out
When most people think of auto detailing, they think of cleaning the inside of their vehicle. Vacuuming the carpet, wiping down the console and dash, and putting up one of those scented tree deodorizers. Auto detailing consists of so much more. At Godwin Motors, we keep your vehicle for the day because of the amount of care we put in to making sure your car or truck is pristine on the inside and outside. Here are details about what our auto detailing package includes for $165:
- Vehicle is vacuumed, including the trunk or hatch area
- Shampoo and deodorize rugs (including trunk and hatch), floor-mats and cloth seats
- Leather cleaning and treatment (prevents UV damage, cracking and drying)
- Spot clean carpets, cloth seats and headliner
- Window cleaning
- Clean air vents, door panels, dash, console, steering column, cup holders and mirrors
- Application of auto paint sealant that is UV protectant
- Clean wheel wells, tires, wheel covers and rims
- Window cleaning
- Clean and polish chrome trim
- Cleaning door jambs and thresholds
- Clean and dress (with UV protectant) exterior vinyl, rubber and plastic
- Clean engine top side
- Apply protectant on all hoses, wires, etc.
Your Car Will Thank You
Now, you might think that going over to the gas station and driving through the automated car wash and then using the vacuum for as long as your quarters last should be enough, but it’s not. Some automated car washes can actually damage your paint job because it doesn’t use enough water or the brushes that clean your car have too much dirt stuck to them. It is recommended to use pressurized car washes that just use water and soap with no contact at all, meaning nothing lands on your car’s surface except soap and water. The vacuuming you do is not getting rid of all the dirt, scum, and germs in your car and we all know that the gas station vacuum can’t reach in those hard-to-reach areas. It’s worth it to invest a little more money into detailing your vehicle the right way at Godwin Motors. It’s easy to schedule an appointment on our website. Detailing your car at least twice a year will increase your car’s resale value and help your car look newer for longer.
You’re driving on the highway and your check engine light comes on and you panic. The first thing that might come to mind is, am I going to make it to where I’m going? Next, price of the possible repair and lastly, I can’t afford this right now. Remain calm, and try to stop the urge to panic. There are many reasons why your check engine light may have came on and most are fairly simple fixes.
More than likely, it’s not that serious
There are many different reasons why your check engine light may have came on and it’s mostly very inexpensive to fix. According to CarMD, the five most common check engine repairs are:
- O2 sensor (part of the emissions system, monitoring and helping adjust the air-fuel mixture)
- Loose gas cap (which will cost you nothing to fix)
- Mass air flow sensor (monitoring the amount of air mixed in the fuel injection system)
- Ignition Coil Packs (which are a little more expensive to replace)
- Catalytic converter
You may not know what any of these things are, but that’s why you should visit a well trusted service department like Godwin Service, Godwin Motors’ in-house full-service center. You can easily set an appointment to check your engine light at http://www.godwinmotors.com/schedule-car-maintenance-or-auto-repair-columbia-sc.
Technology makes it easier to diagnose these types of issues. Today, most cars are equipped with an onboard computer system that is responsible for controlling things like the fuel injectors, spark plugs, the steering system and more. Godwin Service can easily tell you what the problem is with a diagnostic computer system. You can either call Godwin Service (803.252.8774) or set up an appointment online at www.godwinmotors.com to get your diagnostic as soon as possible.
Next time your engine light comes on, don’t panic. More than likely, it’s just a easy fix and most importantly inexpensive.