National Automobile Dealers Association

Green Checkups

Advertise Green Checkups
NADA is encouraging every car and truck dealer to offer their customers free Green Checkups to assess their vehicles' fuel economy. Because dealers are located in every major community in the country, you are ideally positioned to be at the forefront of this consumer awareness campaign.

Fill out the formYes! Please list me as a Green Checkup dealer. NADA will promote your participation on its consumer Web site, Green Driving USA.
  View the Green Checkup Guidelines and estimated service hours.
  Check out a list of dealers who are conducting free Green Checkups.
  For more information, get the Green toolkit

Consider incorporating the 10-point Green Checkups below into routine service lane walkarounds or promotional multi-point inspections. They also can be featured at special Green Day events or in advertised promotions to existing customers. A Green Checkup can include some or all of the recommended service items below. You may even want to add other items.  

A 10-Point Green Checkup May Include:

1 Check motor oil. Top off and change oil as necessary with manufacturer-recommended grade, "energy conserving" motor oils. Doing so can improve fuel economy by up to 2 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Replacing conventional oils with synthetics may offer even greater fuel economy benefits. Check motor oil
2 Check oil and air filters. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve a vehicle's gas mileage by up to 10 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Check filters
3 Check engine performance. Have engines tuned and replace spark plugs according to the manufacturer's recommended schedule. A single misfiring spark plug can cut fuel economy by up to 4 percent, according to the EPA. Engine tune-ups
4 Check brakes. Improperly maintained brakes can result in unwanted drag and can have the same effect as driving with a foot on the brake pedal, leading to a dramatic drop in fuel economy.  Check brakes
5 Pay attention to warning lights. Ignoring "Service Engine Soon" or "Check Engine" indicators may result in poor fuel economy and require expensive repairs. For example, a warning light may indicate a faulty oxygen sensor, which can result in a 40 percent decrease in fuel economy. Check warning lights
6 Check tires for wear. Replace worn tires with the manufacturer-recommended size and style. To improve fuel economy, consider low rolling-resistance tires. Tire Wear

Check tire inflation pressure. Keeping tires inflated to at least the manufacturer-recommended pressure can improve fuel economy by up to 3 percent, according to the EPA.

Check tire pressure
8 Check for unnecessary items that add weight to the vehicle. Remove heavy items from your trunk and back seat.  Remove extra weight

Check evaporative emission controls. Poorly operating evaporative emission controls can fail to capture gasoline vapors and recycle them to the fuel tank. This wastes gas and degrades air quality.

Check emissions controls

Check transmission. Properly operating modern transmissions and drive components are critical to vehicle fuel economy performance. Routinely check fluid levels and operation.

Check transmission

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