When my first pickup was handed down to me at the age of 17, my dad told me that if I wanted it to last, I needed to change the oil and filter every 2,000 miles. The 1980 Ford had 160,000 miles on it when I sold it and it still started and ran like the day I got it. I learned a few things about how to maintain a vehicle with that first pickup. I continued to learn as I started my career as an engineer, but the basic lesson never changed. Keep up with routine maintenance and always do the job right.
Just as dad gave me my first pickup, he also gave me his last when he passed away last year. After almost 170,000 miles of bone jarring gravel roads and farm access lanes, dad’s F-150 shows its fair share of wear and tear. The black climate control knobs are worn smooth, exposing the white plastic underneath, and the truck’s Iowa roots are betrayed by a glance at the rust under the doors. Despite all of the wear and tear, the truck started perfectly when I picked it up. Even after almost two decades of semi-retirement, dad never stopped taking care of the equipment that he earned a living with. When I got back to Kansas City, my 13 year-old asked me if he would get the truck for his lawn care business when he was old enough. That wasn't exactly my plan, but after thinking about it, I realized that it didn't sound like a bad idea.
We all have our reasons for taking care of our car. We invest a lot of money into them and we rely on them to get us to work and drive our families to soccer games. We might want to pass our car along to the next generation, or maybe we just want to keep it in good condition so that it maintains its value at trade-in time. Whatever your reasons are, you can be confident that when you call clutcher for service, you won’t just get a level of convenience that has never before been available. You will have peace of mind in knowing that we will treat your car as if we were planning to hand it down to the next generation.
Posing for a selfie with Big Mike Frost
The well-worn F-150 retires to city life
Taking a breather at Electric Park in Lenexa
In addition to being an entrepreneur with a passion for customer service, Kevin is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer, and maintains his original license in the state of Nebraska.
Kevin’s activities outside of clutcher.com include an earnest attempt to understand the “off-sides” rule in youth soccer and Thursday night basketball with the family.