Friday, December 9, 2011

STP TLC for our Poor Cars! Guest Posts by Oldest and Hubby! #CBias #engineluv

As many of you know, especially if you follow me on FB, we have had quite a year when it comes to cars.  My husband's poor car has been hit on three separate occassions.  (No injuries - thank goodness!) First, at work, where someone hit it and left leaving over $4000 worth of damage.  Yay for insurance!  Second, when he hit a deer - I'll show you the homespun repair he and my father-in-law affected since this happened two days after it was in the shop for the first accident.  And third, quite recently, when a friend accidentally backed into it.  Add to that the two accidents my teenagers have been in in the last month (both were with friends, so not our cars), and it's been quite a car year!

I was excited to work on this STP Shoppertunity for three reasons.  First, I do feel like our cars need a little TLC.  Second, because I've often used STP products and believe them to be excellent.  Third, because it allowed me to work with my oldest son who is studying automotive technology and working as a mechanic.  It was fun working with him and seeing some of his expertise.

Oldest and I went out shopping for STP Multipurpose Motor Treatment.  It's new to shelves.

In fact, it was so new, the Walmart we went to buy it at didn't have it in stock yet.  Given our tight timeframe, Oldest and I bought the next best STP product, Complete Fuel System Cleaner.  Here's his assessment of the product and the process.  Enjoy a guest post by my Oldest son:

When my mother told me about this Shoppertunity, I was more than willing to participate. As an automotive student, I was happy to go and purchase STP Multipurpose Motor Treatment. We started our errands at a Bed, Bath and Beyond for some gifts for the holidays. We then went to Verizon in order to get my phone fixed.

Then, we decided that the best place to go for the STP treatment would be Wal-Mart. We headed there and began shopping for various items. We were quickly able to find the automotive section of the store because of the obvious signs that had been placed. When we got to the automotive section, I was surprised at the how many different types of STP products Walmart had to choose from. However, I was disappointed that they didn’t have the one we were looking for – the new Multipurpose Motor Treatment.  Among those available were the Complete Fuel System Cleaner, Fuel System Cleaner for Ethanol, Super Octane Booster, and Gas Treatment.  I grabbed the STP Complete Fuel System Cleaner as I felt it was most comparable and proceeded to pick up other automotive items such as an oil filter wrench and automotive hand cleaner.

After making our selections, we headed to the checkout line. The cashier was more than helpful and very friendly.  I would more than happily return to this store and make several more purchases. I have used many of the STP selections in my own personal car. I have a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse with over 100,000 miles on it.  At this point, the car needs consistent maintenance to keep it running well.

The New Multipurpose Motor Treatment would be great for your engine based on the information on the web site, and I will look to use it in the future.  Fuels additives are one of the best things you can do quickly for your engine. They are used to clean out your engine deposits, clean out your fuel injectors and intake valves, protect against harmful viscosity build up, and help to keep sludge from building up inside your engine. All of these things are simple steps of preventative maintenance that should be done on a regular basis to keep your engine running strong and lasting longer.   I think that STP works great and is one of the most reasonably priced motor treatments you can buy."

Not bad for his first blog post!

I was still on a mission, however.  I wanted the Multipurpose Motor Treatment.  Two more stops (AutoZone and another Walmart), and I found it! 

I really like that it can be used in multiple engines - I plan to get another bottle (I wish I'd seen the coupon and bought it then!) to use in our weed eater and mower when spring gets here.

Here's my hubby getting ready to use it in his car, a 2005 Nissan Altima, the one that needs the TLC.

Here's the homestyle deer crash repair pic I promised you.  My father-in-law can repair anything.  I think it makes the car have a Frankensteinien (my word) look to it!

Hubby's thoughts on the process were as follows!  Yep - two guest posters!

I am not a good caretaker of my car.  My dad was an amazing mechanic that kept the cars humming when I was young, and my wife actually does more for the family vehicles even today than I do.

Because of that, I count on little things like a tank of engine treatment or some premium gas or some fuel injector cleaner once in a while.  It makes me feel like I am at least trying. 

Recently, my car has been through the ringer.  It was rear ended by a thoughtless co-worker who didn’t even leave a note.  Two days after getting that repaired, I hit a deer on the way home and dented the front fender.  Then last week, another friend accidently backed into my parked car and dented the hood.  Just a bad month for the old Altima. 

I consoled it with a tankful of STP Motor treatment. 

I’ve known the name STP for decades, going back to the times when Richard Petty was a big spokesperson.  If it’s good enough for the king, I know it’s good for my car.  It always feels to me like STP products give the car a nice massage.  The car just runs a little smoother and seems to be in better health.  It’s the least I can do, and with my mechanic skills, it’s the most I can do.  So thanks STP.

Thank you, Hubby, for a great contribution!

If you'd like to see the whole shopping experience, check it out on my google+ page, here.

You can follow STP on Facebook here.  When you like them, you are taken to a page for a coupon.  I'm using the coupon for my next purchase.

STP is also on Twitter - you can follow them here.

***  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias

1 comment:

  1. Love the Google+ story. Shows your trip nicely but I like that your son was being silly... that's fun!

    Tell your DH and son thanks for the great write-up!


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