Car Maintenance Tips

 

Much like ourselves, vehicles require routine maintenance to keep them running in proper order. Following a routine preventive maintenance schedule will help maximize the life and performance of your vehicle. It can also prevent any sudden breakdowns which can be very costly to fix, making it a cost-effective solution in the long run.

Regular maintenance and upkeep of vehicles can seem complicated to first-time car users as well as freshly starting car rental owners. However, you don’t need to have the knowledge level of a seasoned mechanic to ensure your vehicles are in good functional shape. You just need a basic level of awareness of what a vehicle needs and stick to a well-organized maintenance schedule that ticks all the boxes.

So, what needs to be done to make sure your vehicles are maintained properly? Keep reading to find out.

  1. Owner’s Manual

This is one of the most important items you will receive with the vehicle, but will usually be stacked away in the glove compartment never to be read.

This should be treated as your car bible, it contains everything you will need to know about your vehicle, and will usually include a maintenance schedule section. This will show you maintenance info on oil change, belts and hoses, tire rotation and many more.

  1. Routine oil and filter change

Know that oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine, it acts as a lubricant preventing engine parts from grinding on each other and causing damage to the engine. If motor oil is not changed regularly, accumulated contaminants will cause added friction damaging the engine.

Note: Make sure that the oil used meets the requirements stated in the user’s manual.

  1. Other fluids

Oil levels and changes aren’t the only things you need to worry about. Other fluids need a routine inspection as well, namely, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant and washer fluids.

You can check the transmission fluid using a dipstick, whilst the others will require you to visually inspect levels. It is especially important to check these levels before a long drive, for example before a road trip.

Bonus tip: DO NOT remove the radiator cap to inspect coolant levels, instead check that level from the transparent refill container.

  1. Tires

Well maintained tires are imperative for a safe, fuel-efficient drive, you can make sure that the pressure is fine by visually inspecting your tires before each journey. You should check your tire pressure every month and before long trips or when you have to carry any extra load.

You can check your tire pressure using a tire gauge if you need to get an accurate reading. The owner’s manual will tell you how much air pressure the tires need.  Always have a spare tire in case of emergencies. Also, it is important to note that tire pressure decreases in colder climates.

The tread depth of the tire is equally important, it helps maintain friction and prevents any skidding accidents. You can use the penny method to check the tread depth, place the penny in a way Lincoln’s head points down through a tread groove. If his head disappears then the tread depth is good if the head can be seen it means it is time to replace the tires.

  1. Air Filter

The air filter in the engine regulates airflow and helps keep out engine harming debris. A well functioning air filter ensures fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and increased life of the engine. You can easily check the air filter at home by following the instructions given in the manual.

  1. Lights

The vehicle has many lights that play an important role while driving, however, this is easily overlooked. Check to see if your headlights, turn signals, brake, and parking lights are in proper working order every month.

  1. Semi-annual waxing

Waxing every six months will not only keep your vehicle looking shiny but also help maintain the paint and prevent rusting. The wax forms a protective seal over the paint prolonging the paint’s life and saving you an expensive paint job.

  1. Battery

The battery is one of the most important components of the vehicle and will require regular battery tests to ensure it is in top shape.

These tips apply to single-car owners or multiple car owners – especially owners of rental fleets. Keeping your vehicles in tip-top shape is important for many reasons but mostly for safety and to save from unwanted expenditure due to sudden breakdowns due to lack of vehicle maintenance and care.

To help you with your automotive maintenance needs we have included a downloadable car maintenance chart. Your vehicle/s will be in top working condition if you follow our schedule.

Download FREE Car Maintenance Chart here.

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Navotar will like to wish all our readers a safe drive!

Snapchat and Instagram effective marketing tools for businesses

Social media has undoubtedly become an effective marketing tool for businesses today’s competing economy. Snapchat and Instagram in particular have hundreds of millions of daily users, who consume an endless amount of advertising content every day. As a car rental company serving a niche market, it is important to be active and accessible on these platforms where potential customers are spending their time and being influenced. How can you use Snapchat and Instagram to market your services? You might want to consider the following methods:

 

Create a business profile

Snapchat and Instagram accommodate businesses on their platforms by giving them the unique opportunity to have a business account. This will allow you to post advertisements promoting your services, which will be visible to all users as long as your profile is public. Those who spend time beholding related content, cars in this scenario, will be more likely to see your ads. Having a business account is especially useful on Instagram, where you can add your business and contact details in your bio.

Keep your DMs open

An accessible business tends to be a more successful one. When your office is closed and/or telephone lines are busy, Snapchat and Instagram can act as great lines of communication between you and potential customers. If managed appropriately, it can even be an efficient way for customers to make bookings. Make sure you are encouraging your followers to send you direct messages and actively responding to them!

Post consistently

Consumers are drawn to entertaining, and most importantly, active accounts. Posting consistently about exciting new products and services will keep followers engaged and aware of your brand. And if you’re up for it, posting the behind-the-scenes of your operations can improve your reputation as a business, showing that you are transparent and passionate about serving your clients. On Snapchat this is best achieved through Snapchat stories, and on Instagram, through Instagram stories, live streams, and posts.

Have regular giveaways

One of the best ways to attract users to your profile, and get more followers, is to hold regular giveaways. These giveaways don?t need to be extravagant vacations to the tropics, but they should be substantial enough to get people excited. A great way to promote your business through a giveaway is to offer free/discounted services from your business, such as a free rental car for 24 hours. On Instagram, you can ask users to follow you, mention several friends in a comment and get them to follow as well, make them post/stories tagging your company, repost your posts, in order to qualify to win. This will bring you more followers, more engagement, and hopefully, more customers!

Get connected with the community

If you want people to be talking about your pages, whether it?s on Snapchat or Instagram, you must network with the community. You want to look for relevant figures in your area, as well as popular influencers on social media, who are willing to promote your product and can effectively reach your target market. For example, you might want to partner with local hotels and travel agencies, or key figures in the automotive industry with a strong social media presence, to do some social media blasts. You can get them to promote your products, services, giveaways, or even give them promo codes for their followers to get special discounts.

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Navotar Partners with Pulse CRM

Navotar, a car rental software provider, has partnered with Pulse CRM, a cloud-based customer relations management (CRM) and sales solution for automotive dealerships.

This partnership will enable both Navotar and Pulse to offer solutions for vehicle rental and leasing companies.

“Collaborating with Pulse helps us to review the leads received from loaner vehicle companies, assessing the quality and capability to pursue it actively,” said Sanker Sivanathan, CEO of Navotar Inc.

Pulse connects sales and marketing operations to offer dealers a collection and retention program of potential customers.

“We are very excited to work closely with Navotar to help vehicle leasing companies maximize auto rental management and financials,” said Sandu Fernando, Director of Pulse CRM.

 

Source – Auto Rental News