Maximize Your Vehicle's Performance and Value
Five Top Tips From the Experts for National Car Care Month
ROSWELL, GA - October 2, 2007 - In honor of National Car Care Month, the folks at Ownersite, a comprehensive, web-based tool that simplifies vehicle maintenance recordkeeping, are offering drivers tips for increasing their vehicles' reliability, safety, performance and value.
"Being attentive to routine maintenance keeps your vehicle operating at its best," according to Steven Eppinger, President & CEO of Ownersite Technologies, "but lots of drivers overlook important items like wiper blades and tires that, when not properly maintained, can compromise their vehicle's safety and performance."
Ownersite offers these tips to keep your car in top form:
- Change the Oil: It's the lifeblood of the engine and it keeps all the parts moving smoothly, yet 30% of vehicles on the road have some problem with the motor oil according to the Car Care Council (CCC). Regular oil changes improve engine performance and longevity.
- Check your Tires: The two key tools here are a tire pressure gauge and a quarter. Under- or over-inflated tires lead to reduced tire life and gas mileage. Such problems affect more that 21% of vehicles, according to the CCC. And the experts at The Tire Rack recommend dipping a quarter, head-first, between the treads to check your tread depth. If the treads don't reach the top of Washington's head, it's time to replace the tires.
- Replace the Wiper Blades: Almost one-fifth of vehicles (17%) need new wiper blades says the CCC. Unfortunately, most drivers don't find out about their bad wiper blades until it's too late.
- Inspect Lights: The CCC says that 13% of vehicles have a problem with at least one rear or side light. Drivers must check all the lights on the car regularly. Keeping them all in check increases safety - and saves the aggravation of a ticket in some states.
- Keep it Clean: Appearance aside, regular car washes help protect the car's finish, prolonging body life. The International Car Wash Association also recommends keeping the undercarriage clean, as road grime and winter road salt can lead to rust around the wheel wells and door sills.
Ownersite proactively lets users know when a particular service should be performed. "It's just so easy to forget about things like tires or lights until there is a problem," says Eppinger. "Ownersite will email you and remind you to check these items on a regular basis." In addition, Ownersite stores your entire maintenance history, increasing the resale value of a vehicle by upwards of a $1,000 when it comes time to trade it in.
About Ownersite Technologies
Ownersite Technologies is a privately held technology company based in Roswell, GA. Founded in 2000, Ownersite Technologies develops and markets software and CRM oriented tools for consumers, credit unions, financial services providers, automotive service providers, fleet managers and auto enthusiast publications. The company's first internet venture, www.f150online.com, an enthusiast site dedicated to the Ford F150 pickup is one of the most widely respected sites in its category. Ownersite Technologies holds membership in the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and is a proud sponsor of MB Motorsports NASCAR Truck Series Team #63. For further information, please visit www.ownersite.com.###