• PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice: Don't Overlook These 10 Automotive Services

    Sunday 21 May 2017

    Organization is the key to managing a busy life in Delaware. So setting up an annual calendar for vehicle care can keep Wilmington residents on top of preventive maintenance. But you can't just write “oil change” every few months on the calendar. Modern vehicles have many systems that are vital to the safe operation of a vehicle, and they all need to be inspected. Wilmington residents can't afford to overlook any of them.The following is a list of preventive maintenance ser... read more

  • Ask PONTE'S AUTOCARE About the Importance of Service Intervals

    Tuesday 11 April 2017

    Today in our PONTE'S AUTOCARE blog, we're going to talk about following recommended service intervals. Your vehicle isn't the only aspect of your life with recommended intervals: What about six-month dental cleanings and regular physical exams? Then there's laundry, mowing the lawn, paying your electric bill, changing your furnace filter - you get the idea.Now, what would happen if you didn't follow these intervals?For one thing, your teeth may get more cav... read more

  • Should Wilmington Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

    Sunday 15 January 2017

    So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at PONTE'S AUTOCARE tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around Wilmington are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside Delaware temperatures are belo... read more

  • Recommended Wilmington Service Intervals

    Thursday 25 February 2016

    Everyone in Wilmington, Delaware, knows we are advised to go to our Wilmington dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Wilmington residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can't be seen with the naked eye. When our dentist is done, he/she tells us what was found – "Everything's fine, see you in six months." Or "You've got a small cavity starting, let's schedule an appointment to take care of it." By the time you leave, you have... read more

  • Easy Miles ? Do Wilmington Driving Conditions Affect Service Intervals?

    Thursday 12 March 2015

    Have you ever noticed that your vehicle has a schedule in your owner's manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let's define what severe driving conditions aren't: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for 20 miles (32 kilometers) or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour (105 kilometers per hour) in 75°F (24°C) weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are ad... read more

  • Deciphering the PONTE'S AUTOCARE Menu Board

    Wednesday 11 September 2013

    Let's talk about deciphering the auto service menu board. Wilmington, Delaware, service centers like PONTE'S AUTOCARE have a board that lists the routine services they provide. But some people don't know what these services really are unless they ask. Let's go down a typical list, in alphabetical order, starting with air conditioning service. Feel free at any time to give PONTE'S AUTOCARE a call at 302-478-9786 to learn... read more

  • Hey Wilmington Drivers, How Many Miles Are on Your Car?

    Friday 27 July 2012

    Nowadays, Wilmington drivers are paying more at Delaware gas pumps. For some families it adds up to several hundred dollars every month. That's got to come out of the budget somewhere. This is one of the reasons many Delaware drivers are putting off buying a new car. They plan on keeping their old vehicle for a year or two longer than before.Even now, 2/3 of the personal vehicles on our local Wilmington, Delaware, roads have over 75,000 miles (120,000 kilometers) on them. The average age of vehi... read more

  • Recommended Service Intervals at PONTE'S AUTOCARE

    Wednesday 25 January 2012

    Most people in the Wilmington area are aware that automotive manufacturers have recommended service intervals. Following recommended service intervals is very important. The engineers that design our vehicles have tested the various systems and components to meet durability and safety standards. Some of these standards are self-imposed and others, like those for emissions components, are government mandated for areas in Delaware.The maintenance schedules are designed to achieve... read more

  • Is Your Wilmington Driving Severe?

    Thursday 01 December 2011

    People near Wilmington, Delaware, often ask PONTE'S AUTOCARE how often they should have a particular service done. It's a great thing to ask. You can look at your owner's manual or have your Wilmington, Delaware, service advisor at PONTE'S AUTOCARE look up your vehicle in a service database. What you find is often a surprise to people – there are actually two service schedules.One is the regular schedule and the other is the severe service schedule. Service intervals are s... read more

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