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Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car


Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The following are six things that many motorists do that can harm their car and their wallet.




Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.



Failing to change fluids and filters. Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.



Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle's tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.



Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.



Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.



Being a severe driver. Whether it's stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.



"Because auto care isn't always a top priority for car owners, they might not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment."




The Car Care Council is the source of information for the "Be Car Care Aware" consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council's online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council's consumer education website.



What Our Customers Are Saying

So grateful for Gary and his staff. The stress of being stranded hundreds of miles from home with a vehicle that required repair was eased by fair, fast, and quality service. If I lived in Dalton, Harris Automotive would definitely be the place to get vehicles serviced every time. Thank you, Gary.

, 07/07/2022

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Had ac work done. The owner was honest and did great work. He also reached out to me a week later to see if there were any issues with the repair. I highly recommend this shop.

, 05/16/2021

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Gary and the guys here @ Harris Service Center are top notch! They really do know their stuff! Had an A/C problem on my Kia and was pushed around by other automotive centers until I visited Gary, Told him what was happening and in a matter of minutes he was on it! Had me in and out in less than 2 hrs, IMPRESSIVE! Please if you ever need anything done to your vehicle and don't know where to go! Go to Harris Service Center!! And see Gary and the guys! I HIGHLY recommend them!! Thanks again for your 5 star performance! You all really know what it means to be in the business!!! Thank you!!

, 07/15/2020

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Driving through Georgia on our way home from Florida we ran into car problems and ended up stopping in Dalton, we found Harris service center by chance, Very friendly & extremely professional, great service... highly recommended!

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Great folks. Good repairs at great prices.

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Great service every time and they are always professional. Never had to bring my car back. They always fix the problem.

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