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Marks Auto Service News

April Charity: Canadian Red Cross – Oakville

CA Red CrossOur April Charity of the Month is the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville.

Mark’s Auto Service will donate $4.00 to the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville for every online appointment scheduled this month. Schedule your Online Appointment Here.

When booking an appointment online, please select the charity you want to donate to from the Charity Drop-Down Box.


Thank you for helping Mark’s Auto Service support the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville!

Learn more about this charity on their website at www.redcross.ca.

Do I need a change? Oil Change that is!

oilMrs. Jones Asks: Why does my book say change my oil at 8,000 Kms and my trusted repair shop is recommending it sooner at 6,000kms?
 
Mark Says: Well I find that the oil change interval (time and KMS) between oil changes in the book are great if you don’t plan to keep your car after the warranty runs out. Why?
 
Well motor oil is the main lubricant and also a cleaner for you internal engine parts, and when oil is driven up to and over 8,000kms/ 6 months we find that deposits build up inside and can cause issues later on.
 
New technology in engine designs like:  Variable Valve Timing, Twin Cam overhead valves, Turbo Charging, Direct Fuel Injection, VCT transmission, Hybrid engines are all designed to give us:  more power, use less fuel, reduced tail pipe emissions; All rely on clean quality oil and filter, and maybe some help from additives.
 
Some of the Problems we see due to extended oil change intervals are:

  • Engine slugging and deposits – repair cost $200-$5,000
  • Stretch timing chains – repair cost $1,000-$2,000
  • Sticking or clogged Variable valve timing solenoids – repair cost $500-$2,500
  • Damaged Turbo chargers – oil starvation due to clogged screens – repair cost $800-$5,000


So let’s look at the true cost of replacing the oil a little sooner than the book says and help to avoid some of the above mentioned oil related issues:

Let’s assume you drive 25k a year, keep your car for 8 years or 200,000kms

  • A basic oil change service costs about $40.00 + tax
  • 25k/8,000km = 3 changes a year at $40 = $120 x 8 years = $960 in oil change service only for 200,000kms
  • 25k/6,000km = 4 changes a year at $40 = $160 x 8 years = $1280 difference of $320 over 8 years 200,000kms

So the cost over 8 years doing 1 extra service annually (shorter interval) is only about $320 for basic oil, sounds good eh? Like the old “Fram Oil Filter”  TV commercial, “pay me now Or pay me later” starts to make more sense now.

Cheers,
Mark

At Mark’s Auto Service, we know the importance of scheduled maintenance, including oil changes. You don’t have to go to a quick stop or the dealer. Don’t worry about your warranty, it’s safe here at Mark’s.

March Charity: Canadian Red Cross – Oakville

CA Red CrossOur March Charity of the Month is the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville.

Mark’s Auto Service will donate $4.00 to the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville for every online appointment scheduled this month. Schedule your Online Appointment Here.

When booking an appointment online, please select the charity you want to donate to from the Charity Drop-Down Box.


Thank you for helping Mark’s Auto Service support the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville!

Learn more about this charity on their website at www.redcross.ca.

Still Time to Save! Use your 2014 New Year Savings Punch Card!

Thank you for your continued business this year! Please take advantage of our2014 New Year Savings Punch Card:

New Year Savings Punch Card
Click on image for printable coupon or show this offer on your mobile device.
Limit one per person. May be combined with Rewards Card Dollars.
Expires February 28, 2014.

February Charity: Canadian Red Cross – Oakville

CA Red CrossOur February Charity of the Month is the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville.

Mark’s Auto Service will donate $4.00 to the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville for every online appointment scheduled this month. Schedule your Online Appointment Here.

When booking an appointment online, please select the charity you want to donate to from the Charity Drop-Down Box.


Thank you for helping Mark’s Auto Service support the Canadian Red Cross – Oakville!

Learn more about this charity on their website at www.redcross.ca.

Winter tires

Well as you may already know I am a firm believer in winter tires, and there benefits below 7′ Celsius, As we have them on all our 6 loaner vehicles and 2 shuttle vans, I just updated my own truck a week ago and had not gotten around to getting winter tires for it yet, well after the first drive in snowy conditions I was reminded why I am believer, it was like the song  ”Slip sliding away” but it also describes what happens when you try to get by on “all season” tires. so I put on my Winter tires yesterday afternoon, and on the drive home it was a totally different truck, before I could go, but not turn or stop safely. Now it stops and turns like it is on rails…enough said

Cheers Mark

The New Year Brings Great Offers!

Happy New Year

Thank you for your continued business this year! Please take advantage of our
2014 New Year Savings Punch Card:

New Year Savings Punch Card
Click on image for printable coupon or show this offer on your mobile device.
Limit one per person. May be combined with Rewards Card Dollars.
Expires February 28, 2014.

$2,500 raised for Toys for Tots this Holiday Season! Thank you!

Toys for Tots Presentation
**THANK YOU!!**
During the 2013 Toys for Tots Season, Mark’s Auto Service along with 4 other
automotive shops, raised $2,500.00 plus over $1,500.00 in toys donated by customers
of these businesses.  All went to needy children this Christmas season!

$2,500.00 raised for Toys for Tots This Holiday Season! Thank You!

During the 2013 Toys for Tots Season, Mark’s Auto Service – along with 4 other automotive shops – raised $2,500.00, plus over $1,500.00 in toys donated by customers of these businesses. All went to needy children this Christmas season!

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* * THANK YOU for your support!! * *

January Charity: Toys for Tots

Our January Charity of the Month is TOYS FOR TOTS.
Toys for Tots’ mission is to ‘bring the joy of Christmas to needy children’.

Mark’s Auto Service will donate $5.00 to Toys for Tots for every online appointment scheduled this month. Schedule your Online Appointment Here.

When booking an appointment online, please select the charity you want to donate to from the Charity Drop-Down Box.

 **THANK YOU!!**
During the 2013 Toys for Tots Season, Mark’s Auto Service along with 4 other automotive shops, raised $2,500.00 plus over $1,500.00 in toys donated by customers of these businesses. All went to needy children this Christmas season!

Thank you for helping us support Toys for Tots!
Learn more about Toys for Tots here.


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