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503-246-9781 | 6600 SW Scholls Ferry Road Portland, OR 97223

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

The quality of work at Scholls Ferry Automotive is only surpassed by the integrity of the ownership. I trust Chris more than I would more than almost I've ever met. Outstanding man, great business. I go out of my way to get service done there.

, 03/08/2022

Chris was great! I took my 2007 Lexus is350 in for them to check where my oil leak is coming from, and they found it they steamed cleaned it and everything. I got it back the next day they told me how much the repairs would be. Honestly for my first time going there it was great! Gonna take it back this week or sometime next week to get my leaks fixed!

, 06/20/2022

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Chris and his team are the best. I connected with Scholls Ferry Automotive when I attended an early morning business network meeting. I trust Chris and his team. I will be bringing my car in soon for my maintenance checkup. Happy weekend!

, 05/07/2022

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New to the area and was having trouble with my Jeep. Chris was easy to work with and found the problem and it was fixed. They're very reasonable with charges and even when there was a warranty issue with the part, they were on top of it and fixed it. Definitely a trustworthy mechanic shop!

, 04/26/2022

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The people here are amazing and very kind! The staff is super friendly and very professional!

, 04/13/2022

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Hands down the only mechanic I'll go to. Amazing and quick work fixing my Xterra and my mom's bug. You guys rock

, 04/07/2022

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