You hear it over and over again—how important it is to have regular car maintenance. But, unless you have been properly informed, you may not have the first clue as to what is involved and why it’s even important at all.
Well, wonder no more! This week, we are highlighting the basics of routine maintenance and why it’s a critical part of maintaining the life of your vehicle.
The first subject to address is what is involved in routine maintenance. While there’s no blanket checklist that covers all types of vehicles, there are certain standard procedures that should be performed monthly, quarterly, twice a year and annually. Some of the more critical elements include frequent oil changes, fluid check-ups, tire pressure evaluations, hose and belt inspections, battery life evaluations, brake checks and the replacement of common elements like wiper blades. For a comprehensive list of services your specific vehicle needs, turn to your car manufacturer. By visiting their website or reading your owner’s manual, you will have access to information regarding what treatments your vehicle needs in order to stay fully operational.
But why is routine maintenance important at all? After all, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Well, the answer to that is simple. If you don’t pay for it now, you’ll pay more for it later.
Think of your car as being similar to your own body. You have to care for yourself through healthy living if you want to stay out of the hospital. By making the small sacrifice of daily exercise, you both increase your life expectancy and reduce your likelihood of incurring major medical bills later on. Your car is the same way. If you treat it well now by having it properly and thoroughly serviced on a regular basis, you’ll enjoy it for a much longer time and reduce the major costs of unnecessary repairs.
Take your oil for example. If you go without changing your oil and oil filter, you will eventually wear out the engine and need a total engine replacement. Logically it’s much easier and far less expensive to have an oil change once every 3,000 miles than it is to fork over the $3,000 needed to replace the engine. And what about simply washing your car? As part of your maintenance routine, this simple task can prevent cancerous rust from ruining the car’s parts and exterior.
Think of routine car maintenance as part of your responsibility as a car owner. It’s not something you have to look forward to, but it is something you can do with a positive attitude knowing that you are doing what is best for your automobile—and really for yourself and your family. You’ll not only save yourself hours of frustration and thousands of dollars, you’ll also decrease your risk of accidents caused by breakdowns and blowouts. And that, in and of itself, should be motivation enough.