Car Care

By: Mark Robinson

IT'S HOW YOU TAKE CARE OF IT

No matter how old your car is, it's all about how you really take care of it. Your car is not only a valuable hardware that takes you to, and from, work, family outings or your gang's escapades. It does not only help you in times of emergency trips (not easy to get a cab in the middle of the night.)

While you may value your PC and cell phone as your most indispensable tools, your car is your unsung hero. It is the first thing you see and use, the moment you step out of your house; it is the last thing you see before you end your day and "park" yourself in the comforts of your home.

You mustn't have realized that, if not properly maintained and cared for, your car could be the first thing that could ruin your day if it doesn't start, or if it suddenly stalls midway to your office or to that life-changing executive meeting.

HOW YOU CARE FOR YOUR CAR REFLECTS ON YOUR PERSONALITY

While you take so much pride in your gadgets, e.g., iPone, iPod, laptop, etc., as reflective of who and what you are, you must not neglect that your car is your main show window when you're out there in the sun. It is sad to note that while some owners take a lot of effort in getting the right car color, accessories, model and brand that would "fit their personalities," they forget to consider that how they maintain and care for this same car several years later is what would really reflect on their personalities.

For a city dweller, driving around with days-old mud on your fenders, when it's not even raining, is like walking around the office with muddy shoes. For some, this is ok. This is precisely what we're talking about-different personality characteristics.

Here are some comparisons that may surprise you:

• Your car have some "funny" out-of-place noise, emits a lot of smoke, frequently stalls - do you exercise or at least engage in some sweat- inducing sports like tennis, badminton, or occasional basketball? It would be a good project to conduct a survey in parking spaces of spas, gyms, and other sports facilities and see what percentage of cars are out of shape (regardless of age!)

• When someone enters your car, a "funny" smell welcomes him/her (you might not know this anymore as you got immune to it) - are you particular about your hygiene? Do you wear the same clothes for more than a day? How about showers?

• Days-old dust on your windshield, misaligned bumper, mud on fenders, bird droppings on hood - do you pay attention to the clothes you wear? How about your hair? And, in worst cases, are your teeth yellowish or brownish with nicotine?

HAVE STYLE AND FLAIR

Regardless of the age of your car, the following comparisons would still apply:

• Great stereo set-up - is your cell phone the latest or at least the "smart" loaded-full of features one?

• Clean, waxed, shiny condition rain or shine - are you fashion conscious, or at least someone who have a good taste in clothes?

And most importantly:

• Your car performs well and looks well despite its age - are you the dependable type? The leader? Takes care of things? Responsible? And, regardless of your physical features and age, are you the "attractive" type?

Don't neglect your car and project a winning personality.

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