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Essential Steps for Preparing Your Vehicle for Service


Picture of Cadillac sedan arriving for service at Harrell & Beverly

When it comes to getting your car serviced, a little preparation goes a long way. Properly preparing your vehicle before leaving it in the capable hands of your mechanic ensures a smoother process and quicker turnaround time.


Here are some essential tips on how to prepare your vehicle before dropping it off for service at Harrell & Beverly:


1. Remove Valuables

Sounds obvious, but we have had guests return for their cell phones, sunglasses, laptops, or important documents! Before bringing your car in for service, take a few moments to remove any valuables or personal items from the vehicle.


2. Provide Proper Keys

Make sure you leave the necessary keys with us. This includes not only the ignition key but also any additional keys, such as those for the doors, trunk, or glove compartment. If your car has a keyless entry system or an alarm remote, be sure to include those as well. Providing all the required keys ensures that we can access different parts of your vehicle as needed without delays.


3. Clean Out the Trunk

A clutter-free trunk makes it easier for us to conduct a thorough inspection of your vehicle. Before dropping off your car, remove any unnecessary items from the trunk, such as tools, sports equipment, etc. This allows us to access the spare tire, battery, and other essential components more easily, ensuring that nothing is overlooked during the inspection process.


4. Remove Large Items

If you have any large items in the backseats, such as pet carriers or bulky cargo, consider removing them before bringing the car to us. These items can obstruct access to certain components or make it difficult for us to inspect the vehicle properly.


5. Remove Food and Drink

Spills or crumbs from food and beverages can not only create a mess but also attract pests, leading to potential damage to your car's interior. By clearing out food and drink items, you help maintain a clean and hygienic environment as we work on your vehicle. Plus, it prevents any accidental spills that could potentially interfere with the repair process or damage sensitive components.


6. Communicate Any Specific Concerns

Before leaving your car with us, make sure you have communicated any and all concerns or issues you've noticed with your vehicle. Whether it's a strange noise, a warning light on the dashboard, or a recent performance issue, providing this information upfront helps us diagnose and address the problem more effectively.


By following these simple steps to prepare your vehicle for service, you can help make the auto repair process smoother and more efficient for everyone!

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