Posts made in May 2018

Teaching Children About Car Maintenance

Working with a young child on the family car is a great way to teach kids about car repair and a chance to bond together while building good memories. You can start teaching a very young child about car maintenance by taking him or her to a car wash. At the least they can learn how to vacuum the car’s floor mats. You can also let them help you wash the car by letting them spray the car with a hose.

If you are working on your car at home, say, changing the oil or topping off the liquids, a child in elementary school can be your “tool box assistant.” He or she will learn the names of the tools while you show them what each tool does and how to take care of them as well. At they move on to junior high, they can begin to do things like replacing air filters and wiper blades. Also, it’s easy and fun for them to learn how to check the car’s tire pressure.

As teenagers, kids are old enough to understand how a car works. At that age they are capable of checking and changing oil, pumping gas, and rotating tires. Depending on the level of their interest, you might want to let them replace bolts and work at a slightly more complex level on the car.

Show your teenager what goes on at our auto repair shop in St. Peters, MO. Bell & Osborn Auto Body serves customers throughout St. Peters, St. Louis, and all of the surrounding areas.


Good Reasons to Buy a Used Car

Buying a used car today is not as risky as it was several decades ago. In the past a used car’s mechanics and major systems were unreliable, especially if it was taken care of properly. Today’s cars are more dependable than ever before and are built to last much longer. There are a number of good reasons to choose a used car over a new one. Some of the biggest reasons include the following:

  •  New cars generate more carbon dioxide emissions than used ones. So, from an environmental point of view, a used car has already passed through the manufacturing and shipment phases and produces much less carbon dioxide. Even hybrids have an environmental impact with their lithium-ion, lead-acid, or Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. Therefore, buying a used car could be the “greenest” choice of all.
  • New cars lose value as soon as they are driven off the dealership lot. After they are 4 years old they only retail for about half their value. Once that marker is passed the curve of depreciation goes down.
  • It also cost less to insure a used car, as used vehicles have less value than new models. Once the car becomes older you can also save more money by dropping collision and theft coverage.
  • Repair Costs. It’s best not to put money toward repairs once they surpass more than half of a car’s value. For example, if your 9-year-old car is worth $4,500, a $2,300 repair bill is better spent on a down payment for another car.

When you need cosmetic repairs done on your next used car, go to Bell & Osborn Auto Body, a leading auto repair shop in St. Louis. We serve clients throughout St. Peters, St. Louis, and all of the surrounding areas.