While most people keep up with the scheduled maintenance of their vehicle, it can be easy to fall behind. Unfortunately, not keeping up with tasks such as oil changes and tire rotations can cost you big time, and not just in terms of your wallet. The fact is, no matter what type of vehicle you drive; routine maintenance keeps you, and other drivers around you, safe on the road.
One way to keep up with routine maintenance is to keep a notebook around that details what maintenance tasks you’ve performed, and when they were completed. Keeping notes on when you last changed your vehicle’s brake fluid, or when you last had the wheels aligned, can help you to avoid performing these tasks too close together, saving you time and money. Keeping a maintenance notebook is also a good idea if you plan to sell or trade your vehicle in the future. Many private buyers or dealerships will be more likely to give you a better price on your vehicle if you can show that it has been taken care of.
Many mechanic shops also offer reminder services to help you keep up with routine maintenance. When you get your oil changed, most shops will place a small sticker on your windshield that will remind you to change your oil again at a certain mileage, or by a certain date. Some shops will also send out notices in the mail that remind you of when to have routine services performed. If you have the chance to sign up for a mailing list from your local mechanic shop, you may also receive valuable coupons with these reminders. Furthermore, many mechanic shops are also turning to email and text messages to remind customers of when their vehicle is due for routine service.
Remember, keeping up with maintenance is not simply a matter of cost. Although not performing maintenance can end up costing you a lot of money in the replacement of worn and broken parts, it can also be deadly. Not performing routine maintenance can cause components to fail, such as your brakes, and it may also cause malfunctions, leading to fires and other disasters. If you’re unsure of what maintenance you need to do on a regular basis, you may want to consider consulting with a professional mechanic. A professional mechanic will also be able to inspect your vehicle’s current state, and can help you develop a plan to keep you safely on the road for many years to come.