With COVID-19, a lot of youngsters are out of school way earlier than expected. What we thought was going to be a normal school year certainly isn’t.

Before we tell you five reasons to get your young driver’s car serviced, we first want to acknowledge some things:

We appreciate all teachers and educational faculty. We often take for granted all of the hard work, time, and effort you make to teach. On a dime, you have had to pivot and educate outside of the normal classroom environment. Cheers and love to you for taking on this herculean challenge while facing a global pandemic.

We appreciate all parents who are juggling all of the duties of work, home, and educating your kids. None of us could ever have pictured how hard it would be for parents to continue paying the bills, working (if you’re lucky enough to still be working), making sure your kids met with their teachers every day, clean and maintain the household, and put food on the table. Wow! We love you and feel your challenges as you try to maintain stability in the face of household chaos.

As always, we appreciate everyone working on the front lines. The grocery store workers, the medical staff, the firefighters and police officers, the people making take-out food and the delivery drivers. Hats off to you as you put yourself at risk every day serving those who rely on you. We can only imagine how exhausted you are at the end of each day and we wish you much health, sleep, and time for self-care.

Okay, now that we’ve gotten that off our chest, here are some things to consider when it comes to your family fleet of cars.

If the economy continues to spiral downward, your family may have to make some firm choices about the vehicles operated by your young adults. We predict that the family fleet may remain the same for a while, or it may shrink.

For example, take a look at all the vehicles in your family fleet and ask yourself these questions:

  • Whose vehicle is the newest?
  • Whose vehicle is in the best shape?
  • Whose vehicle still has a car payment?
  • Whose vehicle is in the worst shape?
  • If junior’s car is a junker, is it worth it to your family budget to maintain the car?
  • Or, is it smarter to get rid of junior’s car and give him mom’s old car instead?

  • Now, assuming your young driver is operating a vehicle that is paid off, is in good shape, is affordable to maintain, and gives your kid the ability to earn money, it may be smart for your family to keep the vehicle and service it regularly.

    If your kid’s vehicle is completely trashed, it needs a lot of work, and it is worth more trouble than it's worth, it may be time to get rid of it. Perhaps, instead, your child can share driving duties with another family member and use a car within the family fleet that is more reliable and better maintained.

    Either way, maintenance is the key. If you look at a comparison of new cars versus older cars that have been maintained, it’s almost always cheaper to keep the older car. So yes, it is definitely worth it to keep your young driver’s car serviced because it will remain reliable longer.

    If your family fleet of vehicles require service or repair, we at AC Auto Service Center would love to help you. Give us a call or schedule an online appointment with us between Monday - Friday, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Our auto repair shop is conveniently located at 2425 West Clemmonsville, Winston-Salem, NC.

    Written by AC Auto Service Center