Have you ever looked up from your busy life to realize that you’re 1,000 miles past oil change time or that your annual inspection is due tomorrow? Instead of sitting with a deer-in-the-headlights look and despairing over how you will fit the trip to the mechanic in, give Errand Works a call. We can pick your vehicle up from your home or office, take it in for service and return it right back to you — problem solved! And if you also feel annoyed at the required car maintenance, check out this information about oil changes and inspections to help you understand their importance and what’s involved.
Don’t Skip Oil Changes
I can still hear the voice of my father telling me to make sure I was getting the oil in the car changed regularly. As a teenager, it was often met with an eye roll, but as an adult, I’m grateful for the lesson and now realize just how important regular oil changes are. So, why should you change that oil on time every time? Here are a few reasons:
- Clean oil keeps your engine parts lubricated and working at their best, reducing the likelihood of a breakdown.
- Fresh oil helps reduce the friction in the engine, which lowers the temperature.
- Clean oil keeps your engine running efficiently and contributes to better gas mileage.
- Oil changes will make your engine will last longer.
I’d say those are some pretty good reasons to put “Get an oil change” on the calendar. Check your owner’s manual for a recommendation on how often to change the oil in your vehicle. Another bonus? You’ll improve the resale value of your car by keeping detailed records of regular oil changes. Win, win!
Get Regular Emissions Tests Done
Emissions tests are required every two years in some counties and cities in our area. These include:
- Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford
- Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park
Emissions tests are designed to identify vehicles emitting beyond the approved levels of pollution. Testing improves air quality by ensuring that emissions controls are working properly, as vehicles identified as exceeding approved emissions levels must be repaired. Look at it as doing your part to help the environment.
Performing Annual Inspections
All vehicles registered in the state of Virginia are required to have annual inspections. During an inspection, your mechanic checks the following items and systems:
- Tail lights and other lights
- Steering and suspension
- Tires and rims
- Windshield and other glass
- Air pollution controls
- Air bags
- Fuel system
- Floor pan
During the inspection, your mechanic removes your old inspection sticker and replaces it either with a new one or one noting that your vehicle failed inspection. If your vehicle fails inspection, you have 15 days to make the required repairs and have the vehicle re-inspected. In 2017, the cost for a Virginia State Inspection is $16.
Errand Works, LLC, is licensed, bonded and insured. Every errand runner must pass a Virginia State Criminal Background Check prior to being hired. In addition, each errand runner is a Virginia State Notary. Errand Works currently serves Prince William County, Fauquier County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the surrounding areas.