Your car is one of the biggest and most expensive tools in your life. It gets you to work, drops your kids off at school, and hauls everyone on trips and vacations. Indeed, your car represents the ultimate ideal of freedom—freedom to travel, roam, and explore the country. But if you are one of the drivers who has a tough time around the mechanical side of your car—and don’t feel bad if you are, because 60% of respondents report an inability to even change a tire—then your freedom could be left in the hands of a less-than-savory mechanic with dubious motivations.
Unfortunately, many of the services for locating a solid mechanic are hidden behind paywalls or are rarely updated in real-time. Many drivers therefore find themselves Googling for a local mechanic with little feedback and even less awareness of the mechanic’s ability and previous work. After all, if more than half of us can’t change a tire, how many can really tell if we should “not drive this car another mile?”
This is where one-stop shops like Ride Time really come in handy. Boasting a new state-of-the-art facility with all-new equipment, including a 4-laser alignment machine, 12 service bays, and the ability to get any accessory you desire for your car, the Ridetime team in Winnipeg keeps their focus on backing their sales up with top-quality service, and it shows. Recent reviews describe the service end of the shop as:
- “A pleasure…these guys backed the sale and stuck with me until the issue was resolved.”
- “The team went above and beyond to take care of me and get me back on the road again.”
Purchasing a car can be stressful enough on its own. You have to hunt for the right model, check to see if it is the best deal you can get, make sure financing is in order, and go through myriad paperwork from the bank and insurance company before you can even put the keys in the ignition. With all of that to take care of, it’s easy to understand why you could feel exhausted by the time the first oil change or routine maintenance comes around. You’ve already gone through so much hassle; do you really need another chore?
By integrating service with sales, you backup your investment with a sturdy safety net and ensure your physical safety won’t be left up to the discretion of a shady shop you found on Google. In this sense, service should not be thought of as simply one more product to offer customers; it should be considered the right of anyone willing to invest their time, money, and effort into automobile ownership.
In many ways, 2017 is the year of simplification. This trend largely kicked off back in 2014 with the release of “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”. In this book, author Greg McKeown wove a narrative about “Silicon Sam,” an executive in Silicon Valley who was stressed out of his mind but had just received an offer for early retirement. While the company felt this was the best option given Sam’s stress levels, he confided in his mentor that he had no interest in retiring. The mentor responded that Sam should “Stay, but do what you would as a consultant and nothing else. Don’t tell anyone.” The focus was on cutting back on all of the noise until he found himself focusing on only what was absolutely essential. Streamlining life’s chores and activities is an effective strategy to pursue this goal. Failure to do so is signaling a failure to prioritize what really matters in life.
All over the world, people are choosing to streamline their lives in many different ways. Some people focus on stripping down their closets; others automate their bill paying, kick their iPhones out of the bedroom, meditate frequently, or even downsize their possessions into a single backpack. But regardless of your goals of simplification, start with an easy one: combine your auto purchasing with essential service guarantees and warranties. It’s fast, easy, and ultimately enables you to get on with actually enjoying the freedom your car offers you on a daily basis.
So cut the noise, curb the complications, and streamline at least one part of your life today by tying your service needs to your purchase intentions. The less stressed-out version of yourself tomorrow will thank you.