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When your vehicle sits for an extended period of time, it can have several adverse effects. With so many people working from home or stuck inside, we are seeing a spike in customers with dead batteries. Letting your vehicle sit can also have some other adverse long-term effects. Items like rust forming on the brake rotors, flat spots developing on the tires, and rubber components such as belts, hoses, and wiper blades deteriorating. Even worse would be having a rodent decide to take shelter under the hood and feasting on your vehicle wiring.
With most of us are experiencing some cabin fever right now, it may not be a bad idea to hop in the car by yourself and take a little drive around the Laurel, Scaggsville area while you enjoy the spring flowers and a change in scenery. At the same time, you would be shaking a few cobwebs from your car. Taking a short drive will charge up the battery, circulate oil through the engine, and keep other moving components like your disc brakes from seizing up. At Gary’s Automotive, we recommend driving your vehicle at least once a week for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Stay safe and remember if you do have any problems, the Gary’s Automotive team is here to serve you. We are taking extra precautions like our contactless transaction system, phone payments, plus our key and vehicle sanitizing process.
I want to reach out to let you know that we’re open for business as usual, with a few extra precautions. Your safety, as well as our safety, is very important to us, and we want to do our part as much as we can.
We are taking drop-off appointments as usual. However, we are only scheduling one wait appointment at a time to minimize any risk. We are regularly sanitizing public areas and have installed hand sanitizing stations, including a station in our waiting area for customers.
If you’re uncomfortable coming inside, we will be happy to meet you at the door. There is a key drop so that you can leave your vehicle after hours. We will also disinfect your keys, your door handles and steering wheel after your service.
Auto repair is being deemed as an essential service, and we plan to remain open as long as it is reasonably safe to do so. Most of our customer interactions are short and can be handled by phone, text, or email, and payments can be made over the phone.
We can provide you with a digital inspection and photos of your vehicle’s current status and conditions, and the report can be texted or emailed over to you for your review. If you need a quote, it can be provided to you in the same manner.
If you have any questions, feel free to call us (301) 953-2886, and please remain safe during these challenging times.