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Four Steps for Sending Your Car Away to College

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Four Steps for Sending Your Car Away to College



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Seeing your child off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far away from home. Sending them away in the family vehicle can create even more worry and stress. A little advance planning and a well-maintained vehicle can offer peace-of-mind to parents, says the non-profit Car Care Council.




  1. Get a sendoff vehicle inspection: College is a busy time for students and it is likely that car care at college will not be top of mind. Be sure to schedule a thorough vehicle inspection before packing up the car so you can rest easy knowing your child is driving a road-ready vehicle.

  2. Make an emergency plan: Discuss a plan with your child in case they experience a roadside emergency. Be sure they know who to contact for roadside assistance and stock the car with an emergency kit, including jumper cables, emergency flares, a flashlight with batteries, blankets and extra clothes, water and non-perishable snacks, a first aid kit, a portable USB charger and a fully charged cell phone. To be prepared for inclement weather, include an ice scraper, a snow brush and small shovel.

  3. Hit the books: Encourage your child to learn about auto care by reviewing the Car Care Council's online Car Care Guide and becoming familiar with the owner's manual. The printed Car Care Guide fits easily in a glove compartment and covers the most common preventive maintenance occasions and procedures that should be performed to keep cars safe, dependable and efficient.

  4. Stay on schedule: To stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance, sign up for the council's free Custom Service Schedule and receive email service reminders and recall notices so that you and your child are aware of any issues and can address them in a timely fashion.



Source: Car Care Council


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    , 06/30/2020

    If I could more than 5 stars, I would. I have taken my cars here for many years - even in the Foothill Foreign Auto days. David and his staff are always honest and fair. Pricing for minor or major repairs are much lower than a Dealership. Highly recommended.

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    , 06/30/2020

    Angie and the team have been servicing our cars and I must say that I have never had such a great experience with an auto repair company. We had a problem with an intermittent noise in our van that other shops couldn't find. They found it!

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    , 06/30/2020

    Everyone was so kind. They treated us like family.

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    , 06/30/2020

    They had installed a radiator a couple of months ago and unfortunately it was defective (no fault of theirs) so I took it back around 4:00 pm on a Friday. Since this is my only vehicle and I had plans for the weekend they opted to fix it there right away. They contacted their parts warehouse and had a radiator delivered right away and had me back on the road very quickly. Thank you to everyone at Save On.

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    , 06/30/2020

    So happy I found this auto body shop! Trust worthy, professional and great service. Highly recommend!

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    , 06/30/2020

    I am so happy with the service I was provided from this team. I brought them a car that had a multitude of problems because I bought it from a guy on offer up who thought he was a mechanic and ruined the car. They took care of everything and all for a VERY reasonable price. As soon as you walk into their lobby you are put at ease because you can see they are AAA certified, have awards for their service, and best of all you see a picture of their employees showing what a close knit group they are. They are a family owned business and they definitely treat you as if you are being welcomed into their family because they truly take care of you! This team is dedicated to providing top notch service to their customers to ensure peace of mind. Angie has wonderful customer service and is very professional. I was so grateful to have someone who was willing to explain everything they worked on so I didn't just sign a piece of paper without knowing exactly what I was signing for. I will definitely be a returning customer for regular services such as oil changes. If you are looking for a new mechanic that you know you can trust please go to Save On Auto Care. I highly recommend taking your car here!

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