Taking on the Responsibility of Auto Maintenance

by | Dec 28, 2012 | Preventative Maintenance

In the midst of this holiday season, I find myself reflecting on the coming New Year and the opportunity for change and renewal that it offers.
I recently asked a BA Auto customer about his service in the Air Force, and he told me about an assignment as a platoon commander in the area of communications. “That was a new field for me,” he said. “It wasn’t my area of expertise.”
That conversation reminded me of how important it is to be open to change and to embrace it.  Taking an open approach makes transitions like the one described by the platoon commander so much easier. 
Change can come in many forms, a new boss, a decision to eat healthier and exercise more, a renewed commitment to take better care of your yard or even your automobile.
For some people, taking on the responsibility of vehicle maintenance and repairs is a new experience, and it can be intimidating.  Whether it’s kids moving into adulthood or a change in family circumstances—when transitions happen roles and responsibilities can change.
If you’re new to the role of being responsible for auto maintenance and find the whole experience intimidating, don’t worry.  It’s totally normal to feel this way.  Not many people are experts in auto service and repairs, and we are often uncomfortable with things we aren’t familiar with.  
In this type of situation it’s important to find an auto repair facility that helps you to make the transition as easy as possible. Make sure the auto shop technicians and service advisers are willing to talk about your interests and priorities for your vehicle.  Also look for people who are willing to take the time to educate you on proper vehicle maintenance.
Look for service providers that will provide recommendations that are a good fit for both your vehicle and your budget. If auto maintenance is new to you, ask if you will be provided with recommendations based on safety-related items as the first priority, followed by reliability items, then general maintenance.
If you’re in the Columbia, MD area, are new to auto maintenance, have questions and are looking for an auto repair shop, give us a call at 410-381-2700.  We’re here to help you!


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About Brian England

Brian England, the current president of BA Auto Care (formerly British American Auto Care), got his start with an auto apprenticeship in a small town in northwest of London. He came to the U.S. in 1972 to work for a Land Rover dealer in Rockville, MD. A few years later, he started British American Auto Care with his wife, Jennifer. Brian is a big believe in preventative maintenance, and his philosophy is to encourage and educate drivers on the benefits of a regular maintenance plan.