From the moment that we had a few dollars of discretionary cash in our budget, we started paying to have our oil changed instead of doing it ourselves. On the surface, that seems to go against everything I have taught our kids and have shared with you about making the wisest choices with the money we have. The reality is, we never had the right tools or the right space to do the job, quickly and effectively. We bought tools, David wriggled underneath the vehicle on broken concrete, scraped his knuckles, bumped his head and got VERY creative with his language. The process was costly too us emotionally, but not only that, when we sat down and put pencil to paper, we were barely saving any money, when compared to the price of an oil change at our local Walmart Automotive Center.
So, it was “a natural” that as we taught each of our kids how to maintain and care for their first cars, that a trip to the Walmart Auto Center was always one of the first items on the to-do list. David is a firm believer in the Pennzoil brand, so he was able to teach each of them about the benefits of using such a high-quality oil and to request it when they took their cars in to be serviced. Pennzoil products help clean out sludge other oils may leave behind in the engine, allowing you to drive an extra 550 miles per year vs. cars with a dirty engine. There isn’t another motor oil on the market that provides better protection from friction, for your car, and to top it all off, Pennzoil offers a free warranty that covers 15 engine parts that may fail due to engine wear or which experience abnormal wear due to friction. I have so much more confidence in companies and products that stand behind the performance of their products. Don’t you?
Our son, Michael, has been talking about saving his money “to buy a car and a key” since he was old enough to push a car across the floor and speak to us about it. He proudly deposited every coin found on the sidewalk and all his birthday money in the jar on his dresser, in anticipation of that amazing day. We always smiled and encouraged his enthusiasm for saving, even asking him what kind of car or what color. I’m not sure at what age the story became JUST about the car and no longer, a “car and a key”, but I still have such vivid memories of him making that funny childhood statement. It seems I only blinked and, now, that day is here. This week, it was Michael that I took to Walmart, to get the first oil change for his very own car.
He saw the benefits, immediately. It was easy to drop his car off for service. No appointment was necessary. We simply made a stop in the automotive department during one of our regular shopping trips. It took less than two minutes to get his car registered in Walmart’s system (He won’t need to do that, again, next time.) and tag his keys to leave with the technicians. His car was safely stowed and ready to be serviced, and he and I went on to do a little window shopping in Electronics and then to complete our regular weekly grocery shopping. I had a great visit with my son, one-on-one, which is something we don’t have nearly as many opportunities to do any more. We shopped and we talked, we laughed and we accomplished the necessary tasks of the day. When my list was completed and the groceries were purchased, we wheeled everything back to the automotive center and picked up his car. It had a fresh oil-change with Pennzoil motor oil, all the fluid levels had been checked and the washer fluid filled, plus the tires and air filter had been checked, as well. Now, that’s service!
Each of our kids has held down a part-time job during high school and paid cash for their first car from their own savings. We don’t regret the decision to make them responsible for this purchase, in the least. Putting the work and effort into ownership helps them to be even more resolved to be responsible and keep up the necessary maintenance, as well. Michael knows he needs to keep his car in great running condition, so he has plenty of time to save up for his next “car and a key”, and so his car will run at peak performance while he owns it. Regular oil changes at Walmart are a simple part of that maintenance plan.
Have you changed your oil, lately? Stop by Walmart Automotive Center, save time and money on an oil change with quality Pennzoil motor oil and add miles to the life of your car.
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