Car maintenance during COVID-19By Kijiji Autos
It's hard to stay on top of things during the COVID-19 restrictions because not everything can be accomplished from the safety of your home, like maintaining your car, for instance.
So, how can you get your car fixed or schedule an inspection while respecting social distancing rules and staying safe? It's much easier than you might think.
Are auto-repair shops considered essential services?
Yes. The federal government has stated that automative maintenance service workers are part of the essential workforce, so if your car is in need of a tune-up, you can still contact your local mechanic to make an appointment. Keep in mind that individual businesses may have limited hours during this time.
Should I take my car in to get inspected during COVID-19?
While many provinces are slowly starting to reopen, COVID-19 is by no means behind us. We all have the responsibility to protect ourselves and those around us. That means that restricting our contact as much as possible is still highly encouraged. If your car's issue isn't critical, we recommend putting off your maintenance for now.
What are non-critical car maintenance services?
Every car is different. Older cars need more routine maintenance than brand-new models, and electric/hybrid vehicles have different needs than gas-powered vehicles. If you're not using your car nearly as much as you used to, you may be able to hold off getting these car maintenance services:
- Tire change: You can prolong the life of your tires by having them switched at the end of the season, but if your ride is spending most of its time in the parking lot, you can wait to get them changed.
- Oil change: Modern car technology is incredibly precise, which means that the golden rule of changing your oil every 4,800 km might be too often. Generally speaking, if you have a newer car, you can wait up to 15,000 km before changing your oil (check your owner manual for more info). Obviously, if your check oil light comes on, your next road trip should be to the mechanic. Alternatively, this might be a good time to learn how to change the oil yourself.
- Aesthetics: Car washes, detailing and customization can make your car look and feel brand new, but since it doesn't affect your car's performance in any way, it's not necessary during COVID-19.
How do I stay safe when I take my car to the shop?
If you have to take your car to the service station, maintain standard social distancing practices. Firstly, be sure to call ahead. Dropping in without an appointment exposes you to more people.
Secondly, be sure to maintain two metres of space between you and your mechanic and to wear personal protective equipment. As a courtesy, we recommend sanitizing the door handles, steering wheel and other surfaces your mechanic will likely touch. While waiting for your car to be ready, find somewhere to sit that's away from others and, preferably, outside.
Lastly, when your car is returned to you, sanitize your door handles and steering wheel again.
Keeping your car in tip-top shape can be a safe and easy experience, even during this time. Learn more about how Kijiji Autos can help you buy and sell your car with confidence during COVID-19.
Your well-being is our top priority. Consider whether in-person transactions are necessary and visit our Help Desk for more details and guidance. Follow Kijiji Autos' community safety tips for more advice about confidently connecting with dealers or sellers during COVID-19.
Easily find your next ride on Kijiji AutosSearch now
10 popular work vehicles to consider
Built to provide rugged strength with a spacious and functional design, work vehicles help you overcome whatever challenges you might face throughout your day on the job site. Kijiji Autos makes it easy to browse and search through a wide selection of new and gently used work vehicles, so that...
The inspection: 5 things to ask the mechanic
The car ad may be appealing, the seller very nice, but when it comes to buying a used car, there’s nothing better than arranging for a basic inspection by a mechanic. After all, even if you’ve done your homework and examined the CARFAX Canada report that provides you with the vehicle’s complete...
8 things to know before buying a new car
Buying a car is an important step in life and requires sound planning. Here are some questions to ask yourself before choosing a new set of wheels. City or country Before buying a vehicle, you should first consider the environment in which you live. It seems obvious, but this basic information...
10 questions to ask your dealer before buying a new car
Here are 10 questions your dealer will be glad to answer and will help you find the information you need. 1. Do you have a car that meets my needs? This is a broad question but a good place to start because it means you have to define your own requirements. Do you need big towing capacity or...
Buyers Guide: 8 things to inspect when buying a used car
There’s so much to choose from and an almost endless number of models, but it all boils down to your own tastes and needs. Once you’ve unearthed that rare gem, it would benefit you to take a few precautions before making your purchase. 1- Study the CARFAX Canada report CARFAX Canada is a report...
What to look for when buying used tires
Buying used tires can seem daunting to the uninitiated. Here are some tips to make sure you end up with quality, well-kept tires: Regardless of how many safety and performance features a vehicle has, their effectiveness is ultimately decided by the tires. That small patch of rubber at the bottom...
5 family-friendly cars that aren’t minivans
Having a family shouldn’t mean we’re destined to drive a minivan or an SUV. For those who’d prefer something else, the market offers a number of appealing options. Here are five cars that might fit the bill for you and your family. Mazda 5 The Mazda 5 is the only vehicle in the Mazda lineup...
4 things you should know before picking your hybrid or electric car
Hybrid and electric vehicles have certainly come a long way since they first debuted on the mass market in the late 90s. If the time has finally come for you to buy a hybrid or e-car that suits your lifestyle, here are some things to consider before going for a test drive. 1. Know the difference...
8 Mistakes first-time car buyers make
Here’s a look at the eight most common mistakes made by first-time car buyers and how you can avoid them. Mistake #1: You didn’t do enough research After buying a house or business, purchasing a car could be the second- or third-largest purchase you make in your entire life. Wouldn’t you want...
Test drive your next new car confidently with these 8 tips
You can do all the research in the world and read everything the experts say, but there's really only one way to find out if a car is right for you: Take it out for a spin. Here are eight steps for an effective test drive! When testing vehicles, car journalists often drive for several hundred...