Why Maintenance?
Car Facts

Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is routine maintenance. Yet
many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto basics. A recent survey by the Car
Care Council found:
  • 25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil
  • 13% of cars had low or contaminated brake fluid
  • 18% of cars had dirty air filters
  • 17% of cars had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant
  • 16% of cars needed new windshield wipers
  • 27% of cars had low or contaminated washer fluid
  • 18% of cars needed new belts

Overall, 89% of vehicles are in need of at least one service or repair

Benefits Of Performing Preventive Maintenance

There are many benefits to taking proper care of your vehicle. First, you can easily prolong the life of your car if you
take time to have critical parts maintained. Like your body, your car can become "unhealthy" to the point where it simply
stops performing.

By maintaining your vehicle's health, you can help ensure that you will be able to drive it for many years.

Second, you will likely end up selling your car at some point. Few people retire cars. Instead, when they grow tired of
them or want a newer model, they will sell the car to another party.

A properly-maintained vehicle will attract a higher selling price than a vehicle that is in disrepair. Usually, the small
amount of time and effort it takes to maintain your car is well-compensated by the higher resale value you will enjoy
when you sell it.

Third, performing preventive maintenance on your vehicle can save you money over the years. For example, having
the oil changed every 4,000 miles often helps your car use fuel more efficiently. This increased efficiency can help you
get better gas mileage.

If you use a lot of gas, this can save you money. Similarly, checking your tires for bald spots and pressure can prevent
a tire from blowing while on the road. This helps you avoid costly tow trucks and repairs.

Also, keeping your suspension and steering well-maintained can prevent them from falling into such disrepair that
repairing them becomes cost-prohibitive.

What Should You Have Maintained In Your Car?

As mentioned, regular oil changes every 4,000 miles should be at the top of your list of preventive maintenance items.

Also, be sure to have your cooling system flushed and antifreeze levels maintained. Have coolants added to your car to
help maintain the integrity of your water pump and radiator. Be sure to also have your car's belts and hoses inspected
every 40,000 miles. If they need to be replaced, do so.

Your car's brake system needs an inspection each year. If you drive a lot, you may want to have your brakes checked
more often (every 12,000 miles is a good idea). Regularly inspect your tires for bald spots and pressure. Make sure the
pressure levels are maintained as this will extend the life of your tires. Have them rotated twice a year.

Also, make certain your filters are working properly. Their ability to keep contaminants from harming your car's engine
and transmission is critical. If new filters are required, have them replaced.

There is quite a bit you can do to ensure you car lasts a long time, maintains a higher resale value, and doesn't leave
you stranded at the side of the road or on the highway.

Doing a little preventive maintenance regularly can pay big dividends in both time and money each year.
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