Let’s face it: If you drive a gasoline-powered car or truck, you’re not doing the environment any favors. Even as auto manufacturers design modern engines to run cleaner and with greater fuel efficiency, more cars on the road still means more pollution. However, the good news is there are still plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint behind the wheel. To tread further upon this topic, we spoke to Larry Moore of Larry’s AutoWorks, who gave five tips for being a more eco-conscious vehicle owner. Read more
According to Larry Moore, owner of Larry’s AutoWorks, a Diamond Certified company, changing your car’s oil too often isn’t good for the environment. If you want to help reduce pollution, Mr. Moore suggests changing your oil less frequently and requesting re-refined oil the next time you have your car serviced. “Re-refined oil is higher quality today than it was originally—even Mercedes uses it,” he says. “It’s made without pulling oil out of the ground, and it costs 85 percent less to re-refine oil than it does to make new oil, so that’s a huge savings you can make in your carbon footprint.” Read more
My husband’s 2008 Honda CRV has only gone in for an oil change twice since he’s owned it. It now has 30-some thousand miles on it. I keep bugging him to get an oil change, but he says the manufacturer suggests waiting until the oil indicator light goes on. That light rarely goes on. That happens about every 12-15,000 miles. My dad drilled into me that you get an oil change about every 5,000 miles at least.
To settle our disagreement, I decided to find out what one of the Diamond Certified auto repair experts thinks about that. Richard Cordes, owner of European Sales and Service, Inc., a Diamond Certified company, says it’s a mistake to wait that long. Read more