Studies have shown that when vehicles are well-maintained, they last longer and retain their resale value for longer, as well. With the economy slowly recovering and still not out of the woods yet, many consumers focus more on how they can save money. Therefore, the average age of cars and trucks in the US is over 11 years old, according to research studies. Because motorists now hold onto their vehicles longer before selling or trading them, maintenance is more essential than ever before.
While it is very easy to avoid car maintenance when you’re in an economic hardship, it’s not the best method, especially if you’re looking to keep costs low. Vehicles are expensive, and anything could go wrong with it. Maintenance is designed to find any issues before they become serious. Along with such, oil changes and fluid checks ensure that your engine and vehicle runs smoothly without overheating.
While most people focus primarily on tune-ups and oil changes, maintenance should include every aspect of the vehicle at various times. The tires should be checked and rotated appropriately, the braking system should be tested to ensure that the pads and brakes are still good, and the muffler should be inspected to ensure there are no holes or rust. Along with such, the suspension system can be checked regularly to ensure that nothing is wrong.
When you take these steps for your vehicle, you ensure that there aren’t any issues. If the technician notices something, they can inform you immediately. They can quote you a price, and you can decide right then if you can afford to get it fixed. It’s always best to try to get things fixed immediately, but you can also get an idea of how long you can continue driving before you run the risk of other problems arising. That way, you can save the money and get it taken care of promptly.
While most people never read it or even open it, the owner’s manual that came with the car can be beneficial. It tells you when scheduled maintenance should occur based on how you use the vehicle. For example, the standard 3,000-mile oil change may need to happen sooner if you drive the car more than normal and the brakes may need to be replaced sooner if you brake hard each time.