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Issues That Can Develop from NOT Driving Your Vehicle (Plus, An Invitation To The Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show on May 16th!)

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Welcome to our May blog! There’s loads of news and things to cover. But first, we invite you to a charity car show event that’ll be taking place May 16th called the Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show to support Boys & Girls Club of Marion County

Before spilling the beans about all the cool events coming up, let’s chat about the issues that your car can develop from not being driven often!


With the pandemic, business models have changed, and more and more, workers are telecommuting their jobs at home. It’s solved several crises, and we would not at all be surprised if it led to more offices closing and more housing being built.


But without a physical commute, cars are being neglected and not driven week to week. What used to be a two-car family is now starting to be just a one-and-a-spare. That spare is not getting things it needs from lighter use!

  • Dwindling Battery - The battery of a car needs the alternator to replace the power, or it slowly drains to nothing. It’s essential to run your vehicle at least once a week to keep the charge in your battery strong.
  • Paint and Body Damage - a moving target is less likely to get hit, and leaving a car in one place means you’re more likely to see it get damaged. And sunlight-- especially sunlight reflected from glass onto your car-- can burn into your car’s finish like a laser.
  • Rust and Corrosion - when your car sits still, the climate begins to have it’s way with it. Rust and corrosion can set in and eat at the body of your vehicle (and the engine, and the battery, and your brakes) when the car is neglected for too long.
  • Brake Failure - the longer your brake pads and rotors are exposed to rust and corrosion, the harder they are to repair.
  • Mechanical Seizures - the oil needs to circulate in your car regularly. If your vehicle spends months without the oil circulating, some places won’t be getting the old it needs to stay ready.
  • Tire Rot - This seems crazy, but even tires begin to rot when they stand still for too long. Remember that PSI pressures them, but they do occasionally need to turn to avoid the car’s weight being constantly distributed on just the part of the tire that touches the asphalt it’s parked upon.


So remember that if you’re not driving a car, give it a little TLC once a week to keep it functioning properly! Take it for a drive, run it for a short stretch on the highway so that your car knows that it’s still an essential part of the family.


Speaking of being important to families: one of our favorite charities is the OneChild fund. They connect children in need with people who want to help. It’s a sponsorship program with a very ethical base for how it spends the money it brings in. If you’re looking for a charity partner, consider OneChild today!


Now, let’s look at some of our favorite May Events!


MAY 1st

Kentucky Derby Watch Party

Grand Plaza at World Equestrian Center

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

It’s the biggest equestrian race of the year! Join us for a watch party, with food and drinks!

Kimberly’s Center Race Against Child Abuse 5K

Marion Technical Institute

7:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Help support abused children in Marin County by participating in this 5K. All participants will get a t-shirt, and the first 400 runners will get a challenger medal.

MAY 2nd

National Brothers & Sisters Day

Fun at the Park 4th Annual Music & Art

Sholom Park

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join us for live musical entertainment and visit local artists and craftspeople. Bring the kids and introduce them to the world of music and art on Art Alley.

Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band presents Sunday in the Park

Ocala Marion County Veterans Memorial Park

3:00 PM

A full concert band is playing favorites and hits! Bring lawn chairs. Blankets, and family and friends for an old-fashioned concert on the lawn!

MAY 5th

Cinco de Mayo

MAY 5th - 9th

Arabian Horse Association Region XII Championship Show

Arabian and Half-Arabian Horse Show 

2021 Region 12 Championship

MAY 6th

International No Diet Day

MAY 8th - 9th

Feathered Horse Classic Ocala

World Equestrian Center

Begins 8 a.m. Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday

The Breed Show Series for Pure Bred Gypsy Horses. The most exciting shows for Gypsy Vanner horses and great competition.

MAY 9th

Mother’s Day

Symphony Under the Stars

Ocala Golf Club

7:00 PM

Family, Fun, Music, Food & Fireworks! Bring your own picnic! Bring your own beverages! Or enjoy Food specialties and Beer & Wine sold from our hand-selected Exclusive Food vendors!

MAY 16th

Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show to support Boys & Girls Club of Marion County

War Horse Harley-Davidson

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Each year the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County hosts a youth summer camp. The cost for this event is $50,000. With COVID-19 and lack of events last year, they are in real need of some help to ensure our kids here in Marion County have a fun, safe, and nurturing environment this summer. Ocala Car Audio and Pals Auto Repair have partnered with Warhorse Harley to host a Car, Truck, Jeep, and Bike show to help with this. Warhorse Harley can host over 300 show cars. We will have music, games, vendors, food, and awards! The first-place in each category will receive a custom hand-made trophy, as well as there will be an over-the-top “Kids Choice Best of Show” trophy made as well. We look forward to having you come out and support our Boys & Girls Club of Marion County. Register here to get your tickets


MAY 17th
Tax Day

MAY 20th - 23rd

Paso Fino Extravaganza

World Equestrian Center

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

May 28th - MAY 30th

Classic Rock Weekend on the Square

Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Ocala

3:00 p.m. Friday - 11:00 p.m. Sunday

A three-day festival of classic southern rock in Downtown Ocala!

MAY 31st

Memorial Day

That’s all for this month’s events. Please remember to support the Car, Truck, Jeep & Bike Show on the 16th, as Pals Ocala Auto Repair is helping with that for a good cause! In the meantime, if you’ve got an issue with your vehicle, schedule an appointment online and let Pals Ocala Auto Repair take care of you. We are located at 2821 SW College Road, Ocala, FL, 34474. Until next time, drive safe and have fun!


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