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October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month

October is Fall Car Care Month As the calendar turns to October and the start of fall is upon us, now is a good reminder that October is Fall Car Care Month. October is a good time to assess the condition of your car and determine if it needs maintenance.  It has been through a long summer with continued exposure to the hot weather, and maybe a long trip or two mixed in.  Now is the time to take your car in for any work that may need to be done before the winter weather arrives.  It feels a long way off right now, but the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting that two-thirds of the country will encounter a colder-than-normal season. So with that in mind, October’s a good time to get your car inspected at Milex Complete Auto Care or ... read more

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car

Five Ways You Could Accidentally, Inadvertently Damage Your Car Routine maintenance or some standard problems with your car will lead you to bring in your vehicle at your local Milex Complete Auto Care or Mr. Transmission shop.  However, there will sometimes be some unexpected circumstances that require service that can be preventable. With our busy daily lives, we don’t always think about simple things we may be doing that can hurt the performance of our car.  Here are a few things to keep in mind and prevent an unnecessary trip into the shop for service. Driving near empty. Many people will wait to fill up on gas to when the needle hovers around “E,”. Maybe that is the sign that it is time for a refill.  Other times you may be too busy to stop, or the price at a certain station may be a few cents high.  Aside from taking ... read more

Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency

Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency

Be Prepared: 9 Must-Haves in Your Car In Case There’s an Emergency Nobody likes to think about it, but things can go wrong when you’re driving. Sometimes very wrong. One reason we often tell people to bring their vehicles in for regular maintenance is that things are less likely to go wrong if you take care of your car. You’re far less likely to have a flat tire or to see your car engine suddenly go up in smoke if you’re bringing in your car to Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care for regular oil changes. After all, it’s called Milex Complete Auto Care for a reason. Fluids are topped off, and if there’s a filter that needs changed, or the tires are looking anemic, we’ll let you know.  You also should stop by Alta Mere, the Automotive Outfitters, which have a lot of ... read more

Tips for Taking Care of Your Car and Saving Money at the Pump

Tips for Taking Care of Your Car and Saving Money at the Pump

Tips for Taking Care of Your Car and Saving Money at the Pump For a lot of people, September is the financial calm before the storm. That is, summer is over, and you’re done with back-to-school shopping, expensive vacations, paying for summer camp and maybe some home improvements. If you spent a little extra money this summer, now is a good time to start saving up before the holiday season arrives in a few months.    If you are trying to cut back right now, one easy way to do it is to save on your gas. Here are a few tips on how to save on your fuel bill… Turn off the air-conditioning and roll down the windows. Studies have shown that you can save anywhere from 3 to 10 percent on your gas bill if you turn off the air conditioner. Yes, if you roll down the windows, there’s that resistance from the wind that makes the c ... read more

Why Can’t You Just Add Oil to Your Car, Instead of Replacing It?

Why Can’t You Just Add Oil to Your Car, Instead of Replacing It?

Why Can’t You Just Add Oil to Your Car, Instead of Replacing It? Somewhere along the way in your life, one of your parents, or an older relative or mentor has probably shown you how to check the oil in your car. Maybe they’ve taught you how to add oil as well. You may have thought why should you go somewhere like Milex Complete Auto Care and get the oil changed when you can just add oil to the engine whenever it gets low? It is understandable that some car owners would prefer to just add oil, rather than get it changed. It’s far cheaper to buy some oil at a store and add it to your engine, and who doesn’t want to save money? That said, if you’re going to handle the oil part of your car yourself, you need to learn to change the oil, rather than just continually add oil to your engine. That means getting under the engine and finding the oil filter and drain plug and draining the oil, and th ... read more

Franchisee Spotlight: Bill and Sheri Granger

Franchisee Spotlight: Bill and Sheri Granger

Franchisee Spotlight: Bill and Sheri Granger If you have ever looked into franchises and how they work, it’s always interesting to see how one comes together. There’s no one right or wrong way to become a franchise owner. Sometimes people lose their job and then invest their life savings and become a franchise owner. Other times, investors will buy franchises and make all of the franchises part of their corporate mini-empire. Other people have done just fine in their careers but decide they want to be their own boss and so they buy a franchise. That’s where Bill and Sheri Granger come in. They recently opened a Milex Complete Auto Care and Mr. Transmission store in Bradenton, Florida. Bill Granger spent 17 years as a mechanic working for several car dealerships and spent 10 years in the oil refinery industry with BP.  He most recently ... read more

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole

What to Do If You Hit a Pothole One of the most common and dreaded hazards of everyday driving is the pothole.  Not all potholes are created equally, of course. You might sail over one without any issues whatsoever, and your car may feel the lingering effects from one for some time.  Those effects can be quite costly, however, as the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates, drivers spend $3 billion a year on damage to their cars from potholes. If you do hit a pothole, here are some things to keep in mind. Don’t panic. Try to not panic or get too angry at yourself for driving over a pothole. They’re everywhere. In Denver, for instance, the city fills 60,000 to 100,000 potholes a year. Houston h ... read more

Three Ways Your Car is Trying to Tell You Something

Three Ways Your Car is Trying to Tell You Something

Three Ways Your Car is Trying to Tell You Something Sometimes people talk to their cars.  It is often when there is a problem with the vehicle’s performance or an emergency on the road.  Those comments can be loud and not always pleasant. As odd as it may sound, you do want to make sure your relationship with your car isn’t one-sided. There are times in which your car also talks to you. If you listen and look carefully, your car is often trying to tell you something. Sometimes your car seems like it is screaming at you. If your car shakes wildly, makes loud noises when you drive, or leaks everywhere, those are clear messages that you should check it checked as soon as possible. There are other times your car talks to you, and what it says isn’t always obvious. For those cases, here is a car translation guide. Your car has trouble accelerating. If your car occasionally has trouble accelerating, but ... read more

Three Common Mistakes Car Owners Make

Three Common Mistakes Car Owners Make

Three Common Mistakes that Car Owners Make When thinking about their experience with cars, many people like to believe they are a good driver.  You make sure to drive safe, keep your eyes on the road and avoid distractions.  But are you a good car owner? That is, do you take good care of your car? It’s a worthwhile question because one of the most unpleasant feelings in the world can to be finding yourself on the side of a road with your car unable to drive and realizing you’re going to have to call a tow truck. Suddenly, all of your plans have come to a halt because your car has come to a halt. Here is a quick rundown of some of the most common mistakes that car owners make. Not inflating your tires properly. You’re probably aware of this, but we’ll mention it because June was recently Tire Safety Month and according to AAA, one of the top three reasons people have serious car breakdowns that result in a tow is du ... read more

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency for this Year's Road Trip

How to Improve Fuel Efficiency for this Year's Road Trip

Hitting the Road for a Vacation? How to Improve Your Fuel Efficiency If you and your family are planning a roadtrip this summer, there are several things to keep in mind to get you there in the safest and most cost-efficient way. While we previously discussed how to prepare your car for a road trip – we didn’t talk about what tends to happen to your car on vacation. That is, you’re about to spend a lot of money on gas. Even a staycation, if it involves going to the zoo, the nearby amusement park or museum can involve spending money to get there. We’d like to offer up a few tips to help you pay a little less at the pump, so your money can stretch a little farther. First, be aware of the cost of gas. Through the middle of June, 2019, the average cost of gas was $2.71 a gallon. That is about 15 cen ... read more

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