Prevent Future Breakdowns

South Pointe Chevrolet offers preventive maintenance for your automobile.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: February 2011

Mike Rener, Service Drive Manager at South Pointe Chevrolet.

Mike Rener, Service Drive Manager at South Pointe Chevrolet.

Preventive maintenance for your automobile can be defined simply as maintenance – including tests, measurements, adjustments, and parts replacement – performed specifically to prevent breakdowns from occurring. It’s highly recommended that you maintain your vehicle in satisfactory operating condition by providing systematic inspection, detection, and correction of incipient failures before they occur or develop into major defects. Many car owners opt to skirt preventive maintenance and are faced with impending parts or system failure. Automotive service statistics reveal the cost for preventive replacement is one-fifth that of corrective replacement.  

Today’s vehicles are loaded with tremendous amounts of technology; therefore, automotive maintenance is more important than ever. Mike Rener, Service Drive Manager for South Pointe Chevrolet, says he would much rather purchase a “pre-loved” vehicle than a “pre-owned” one. Have you ever bought a pre-loved automobile that had all the service records since it was first purchased from a dealer? If so, you knew you had found a “diamond in the rough.” Service records provide a complete vehicle history and give a good indication of its current health and life expectancy.

Service Manager Kevin Copeland says that customers frequently ask for Mike Rener. He has 20 years in the automotive service industry, has been with South Pointe for 12 years, and has gained the respect of his customers. “Customers value Mike’s preventive service recommendations,” said Kevin.

“Customers also know the primary goal of our department is to provide vehicle maintenance that will avoid or lessen the consequences of parts or system failures,” added Mike.

Preventive maintenance is designed to preserve, restore, or prolong equipment reliability rather than replace worn components before they actually fail. Preventive maintenance activities may include partial or complete inspections at specified periods, oil changes and lubrication. At the time of scheduled services, service technicians are able to record equipment deterioration so they know to replace or repair worn parts before they cause breakdown. An ideal preventive maintenance program would prevent all equipment failure before it occurs.

“Many have misconceptions about preventive maintenance,” said Mike. One is that preventive maintenance is unduly costly. This line of thinking implies that it would cost more for regularly scheduled downtime and maintenance than it would normally cost to operate a vehicle until repair is absolutely necessary. Admittedly, this could be true for some components, but customers need to compare replacement costs against the long-term benefits and savings associated with preventive maintenance. Obviously, a vehicle will operate much longer and perform better if its tires are kept correctly inflated, if oil and filters are replaced according to manufacturer recommendations, and if the vehicle is overall maintained according to good judgment and recommended servicing.

Each time you bring your vehicle to the South Pointe Chevrolet service department, it will receive a Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection including wiper blades, tires, pressures, and tread depth, a battery check and more. A service technician will inspect all fluid levels, the fuel system, engine and transmission, drive axle, transfer case, engine cooling system, and shocks and struts for leaks. He will also visually inspect belts, hoses, engine and cabin air filters, steering components, exhaust system components, and much more. Brake linings will be measured, front and rear, and recommended services will be noted and discussed with you.  

South Pointe Chevrolet makes a great case for preventive maintenance. Schedule an appointment for your vehicle today. Don’t wait until a part or total system fails and leaves you stranded.

South Pointe Chevrolet service department hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact

South Pointe Chevrolet


9240 S. Memorial
Tulsa, OK 74133


(918) 481-8000

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About Author Duane Blankenship

Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.

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