For many of us, car maintenance is just filling up the tank and occasionally getting an oil change—but the truth is, there’s so much more. There are so many benefits to knowing how to take care of your car and keeping it in peak condition longer.
Remember—it’s all about preventive maintenance!
Benefits of Proper Vehicle Maintenance
1. Prolong the life of your car
Keep your car healthy by making sure its critical parts are in top condition. Just like the human body, a car can stop working if even one major piece is out of order.
2. Properly-maintained vehicles attract higher selling prices
It’s common sense that when you’re looking for a used car, you want it to be in working condition. So as the buyer, if you’re looking to sell your old car, be aware that a broken or malfunctioning vehicle won’t bring in nearly as much money as a properly maintained one.
3. Save yourself money
In the long run, preventive car maintenance will also help you avoid costly things like tow trucks and auto repairs. It’s better to catch and fix problems before something breaks and needs to be repaired.
4. Safety precaution
Safe driving is directly related to the condition your car is in. If your car is somehow malfunctioning, the safety of all occupants and anyone on the road is at a much higher risk. Don’t be the person whose car puts everyone else in danger.
Car Maintenance Tips
1. Oil changes
Getting an oil change every 4,000 miles is key to preventive car maintenance. Don’t let yourself get into a sticky situation just because you decided not to change your oil!
2. Brake and transmission checks
Checking your brakes every year is a necessary safety precaution. If you drive often, you may want to have your brakes checked every 12,000 miles.
3. Tire inspection
Be on the lookout for bald spots or pressure on your tires. Make sure that the pressure levels aren’t constantly fluctuating; constant pressure keeps your tires from wearing out too early and can increase gas consumption.
Rotate your tires twice a year and check your tires monthly.
4. Coolant and antifreeze checks
According to Wellesley Toyota, you should change your coolant annually to prevent corrosion and build-ups. If necessary, have the cooling system flushed and check antifreeze levels.
5. Belts and hose inspection
Check your car’s belts and hoses every 40,000 miles. According to LifeHacker, timing belts should be replaced roughly every 60,000 miles and serpentine belts replaced every 40,000 miles.
6. Filter checks
Filters keep contaminants from harming the engine and transmission. If you need new filters, don’t hesitate to get them.
Most important of all, be familiar with your vehicle’s manual. Know your car’s maintenance schedule, requirements, etc. Don’t forget to bring it in for routine servicing.
For detailed directions on how to manually check your tires, engine, fuel/gas, bodywork, electrical, lights, etc., click here.
For more information on why you should properly take care of your car, check out “Why You Should Perform Preventive Maintenance On Your Car,” “The Benefits of Keeping Your Car Clean and 7 Tips,” and Esurance’s “7 tips for proper car maintenance.”