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Four Steps for Sending Your Car Away to College

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Four Steps for Sending Your Car Away to College



Mom and College Son Standing Together

Seeing your child off to college is an emotional transition, especially if they are going far away from home. Sending them away in the family vehicle can create even more worry and stress. A little advance planning and a well-maintained vehicle can offer peace-of-mind to parents, says the non-profit Car Care Council.




  1. Get a sendoff vehicle inspection: College is a busy time for students and it is likely that car care at college will not be top of mind. Be sure to schedule a thorough vehicle inspection before packing up the car so you can rest easy knowing your child is driving a road-ready vehicle.

  2. Make an emergency plan: Discuss a plan with your child in case they experience a roadside emergency. Be sure they know who to contact for roadside assistance and stock the car with an emergency kit, including jumper cables, emergency flares, a flashlight with batteries, blankets and extra clothes, water and non-perishable snacks, a first aid kit, a portable USB charger and a fully charged cell phone. To be prepared for inclement weather, include an ice scraper, a snow brush and small shovel.

  3. Hit the books: Encourage your child to learn about auto care by reviewing the Car Care Council's online Car Care Guide and becoming familiar with the owner's manual. The printed Car Care Guide fits easily in a glove compartment and covers the most common preventive maintenance occasions and procedures that should be performed to keep cars safe, dependable and efficient.

  4. Stay on schedule: To stay on top of routine vehicle maintenance, sign up for the council's free Custom Service Schedule and receive email service reminders and recall notices so that you and your child are aware of any issues and can address them in a timely fashion.



Source: Car Care Council


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    , 02/05/2020

    Had a dead battery a few blocks from the shop, the guys came and jumped my dead battery off so I could make it to Maxi for a new one! Awesome customer service! :)

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    , 01/13/2020

    Great place! Friendly and helpful staff. Stopped in from out of town when our local shop from home screwed us over with a bad battery, these guys took care of us and our car better than ever! Highly recommend!

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    , 12/25/2019

    Had a maintenance light come on, the employee that helped me was friendly, checked on my car in the parking lot free of charge. It was easy and simple.

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    , 11/12/2019

    I came here in a bit of a situation. My radiator hose broke apart as I was driving down the interstate. First, I took my car to Firestone and found they were charging ridiculous prices to fix this issue. I then brought my car here and Steven was extremely helpful and got my car in and out In a great amount of time and came in about $100 cheaper than Firestone. Would definitely recommend for anybody in a situation like I was!

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    , 07/10/2019

    Best prices in the area and excellent, cheerful, FAST service. The battery and alternator in my 2007 Ford Focus died while I was traveling between Alabama and North Carolina. I sat at a coffee shop and did extensive research on the best price for a mechanic all up and down the highway between Ooltewah and Chattanooga. I must have called 15 places. Patrick at Maxi gave me the best price, by a long shot. Furthermore, he and his team squeezed me in at the end of the day on a Friday so that I could get on the road. I was blown away by the excellent pricing and superior service. If you're looking for a fairly-priced, high quality mechanic in this area, this is it.

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    Had a dead battery a few blocks from the shop, the guys came and jumped my dead battery off so I could make it to Maxi for a new one! Awesome customer service! :)

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