You need your car, but does it need you?

We must change our relationship and how we feel about our car before we do anything with them. Car info is for everyone, not just mechanics, enthusiasts or engineers. Don’t short change yourself by thinking that you have to understand how the mechanisms and gears work to have a well-running car. All you need to do is be a good friend!

It’s rarely a one-way street. You get what you give and a little TLC can go a long way in keeping your ride happy. It’s time to become besties with your car. #BFF

So what does your new BFF need? 3 simple things. Yep, just 3.  Commitment, communication and consistency.

1. We want our cars to last, take us from A to B – we crave that commitment. You are with your friends through thick and thin, sickness and health and now the same will go for your car. You will provide care to the best of your ability.

You have a primary care physician or nurse practioner right? Your car needs a PCT too.  Stop seeing other technicians and build a good relationship with your mechanic and car.  Little is gained by hopping from one shop to another for a deal or convenience. Loyalty = understanding. You need your Primary Care Technician to understand your car and driving habits.

2. You know how it feels when you get ghosted? When you don’t get that text reply? Email goes unread? Your car feels the same way because we often only pay attention when we really need it. In reality, our car is always talking – communicating – with noises, lights, vibrations and smells.

You spend time in your car more often than not, sometimes for hours on a long road trip. Listen to your buddy. Is it telling you something is wrong? Is it purring like a kitten? Don’t avoid looking your car straight in the dashboard indicator light and saying “I hear you. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back buddy.”

3.  Having such a close partnership, knowing your car is depending on you, can leave you feeling scared and inadequate which is when we usually make those bad decisions. Want to know how to make that feeling go away? Be consistent! Regular maintenance (before breakdown & expensive repairs) is the best and most important way to know what your car needs from you.

What we all want most is to be understood, including your car. If you want less unpredictable and costly breakdowns, regular care will let you get to know your car’s quirks, likes/dislikes and needs. It will help you develop the language of LOVE. What do I mean by that? Well, you start to know things like what type of oil it takes, when to look at and change filters or belts.

Your car will not only live for years to come, but it can thrive too!

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