Regular maintenance to your vehicle is crucial for keeping your car running smoothly for many miles to come. However, not everyone can agree on what preventive maintenance is, what you should do, and when you should do it. Let’s run through some tips to help keep your car on the road even longer than you thought it could.
Many vehicles today are cable of reaching 200,000+ miles. Routine maintenance is a part of getting the maximum mileage out of your vehicle. Records of routine maintenance performed can also help with the resale value of your vehicle.
So how will I know when my car needs maintenance?
The best option is to grab your owner’s manual. Seriously—you wouldn’t fire up a complicated piece of technology or a massive new home appliance without checking the manual to make sure you know what you’re doing. Regardless of the vehicle, you drive, your regular maintenance schedule is inside it. Try avoiding any blog post (this being the exception!) or article telling you the top 10 most important tips to keep your car on the roads because every model of car is vastly different and requires specific maintenance for a certain about of miles.
If you do not have your owner’s manual handy or misplaced it, there are many resources online to check when your car needs to be maintained. Edmunds.com is a very reliable resource that allows you to dial in your car’s specifications and provides a list of what needs to be inspected with an estimated price attached.
Once you know what needs to be done to your car, it is now time to find a reliable mechanic or repair shop. If your car is still under warranty you will want to get the car inspected by a certified dealership. No one knows your car better than a brand certified mechanic. This is not only important for reliability, but it will also save you money down the road if you plan to sell the car, as this will preserve its value.
If your car is past warranty, consider using AAA Car Care Center, if you’re a AAA member, or look for an auto body shop that is either AA approved or ASE Certified. It is also important to do your research through Yelp, visiting the shop, and or speaking to friends or family about a recommended mechanic or garage.
To wrap things up, two key takeaways:
1. Review your owner’s manual or check out Edmunds.com
2. Find a certified dealership or an accredited garage through research
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