In March 2020, thousands of workers across North Carolina started to feel the devastating effects to the American economy caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are shutting down. The Department of Employment Security is unable to handle the avalanche of unemployment claims. Many laid-off workers are deciding to put their cars to work in the gig economy sector. Dominating this sector is Uber, Lyft, GrubHub, Amazon, and others. With drivers making use of what they have, personal automobiles, they are certainly racking up high mileage quickly. Therefore also incurring the need for high mileage auto maintenance services.
Whether you are driving for Amazon, Uber, Lyft, or your local pizza shop, you’re going to be racking up a lot of miles. Even if you only drive around the North Raleigh area, the reading in your odometer will grow exponentially, and this means additional wear and tear for your car, pick-up truck, or SUV. Estimates reveal that a full time Uber driver easily puts 50,000 miles on their vehicle each year. Once you consider the added weight of passengers or cargo, the air conditioning running for hours, plus the stop-and-go driving conditions, the maintenance and automotive repair that your car will require can no longer be of the average kind.
Severe Duty – High Mileage Auto Maintenance Services
Working vehicles that get significant daily use require severe duty service, maintenance, and repair. The service schedule found in the owner’s manual of your vehicle is for normal service and will not be sufficient to keep an Uber car on the road.
Many believe high mileage auto maintenance is for vehicles that display more than 100,000 miles on the odometer. However, this is not the case. A new car that drives more than 4,000 miles in a month should receive service like a high mileage vehicle. Especially if it is subject to short drives, hot weather conditions, stop-and-go traffic, and heavy loads. Severe duty maintenance is similar to high mileage auto maintenance. The brakes, power plant, drivetrain, and transmission systems undergo increased wear and tear. You may not think that your Honda Civic is performing severe duty if only delivering pizzas around the North Hills area. But not surprising is how strenuous frequent trips under four miles in warm weather conditions can be on your car.
Preventive Care – High Mileage Auto Maintenance Services For Work Vehicles
Once your car starts generating income, you will want to minimize the risk of mechanical issues. The first step is to determine that the car is in the right conditions to be put into service. When you bring it to our shop, let us know of your work intentions. This way we can prioritize the services you will need. For example, if your brake pads look like they only have a few hundred miles left, replace them right away.
Previous mechanical issues cannot be ignored with severe duty vehicles…
If your drive belt was slightly frayed in the past, address this issue PRIOR to delivering packages for Amazon. The same goes for a radiator flush, rubber hoses and lines that are drying up, a faulty sensor that triggers the “check engine light,” worn-out shocks, misaligned wheels, bald tires, leaky water pumps, and other problems that do not amount to expensive automotive repair.
An Uber car will require more frequent oil changes…
If your owner’s manual recommends that the oil and filter should be changed every 5,000 miles or every three months, you should adjust to a new monthly frequency. This is a time when the quality of filters and other engine parts matter the most, which means that you should invest in OEM instead of aftermarket parts.
Needless to say, gig economy drivers must be particularly mindful of their tires…
After all, these are the only car parts that make contact with the road surface. Long standing cab drivers will tell you that daily tire pressure checks and inspections are a must. Individual driver services don’t get the benefit of a fleet maintenance team taking care of this for them. Keep in mind that efficient gas mileage hinges upon the condition of your tires. And will ultimately affect your earnings if you are not able to get the most out of your car’s fuel efficiency.
When your car becomes an income-generating machine, proper maintenance and timely automotive repair are mandatory. Stop by our shop in Raleigh and let us take a look at your work vehicle. We want to help you keep the car on the road for as long as possible. As well as in the best condition to create revenue for you and your loved ones.