Regular Car Maintenance For many of us, a car is the second most important item we purchase in our lifetime (after a home). Another unsurprising social phenomenon is that people are incredibly passionate and protective of their cars. To them, cars are an extension of our selves, a representation of our personality and values.
Since people value their cars so much, it is especially important to have a car maintenance program. There are many reasons to do so, both for yourself and for others. Read on to find out why a regularly updated car maintenance program is imperative for everyone, whether you have strong feelings about your car or not.
Safety Your automobile may not only be your own ride, but also the ride of others. These people include your children, spouse, friends and wider family members. Of course, driving safely is vital. But what if your vehicle breaks down, compromising your ability to keep yourself and your passengers safe? Considering that 1.3 million people die in traffic accidents each year, this is a problem that cannot be ignored.
As the saying goes, the first step to solving a problem is to identify it in the first place, and following a car maintenance schedule can go a long way toward preventing such accidents. Often, all it takes is one visit to Kneble’s Auto Service Center or another reliable service center to stay up-to-date, so there are no excuses.
Performance If you’re like the average gas guzzler, then performance is everything. Then again, if you have more in common with the average commuter, then performance may not be everything. However, if you need to get to work, take the kids to school, buy groceries, pick up your sister at the airport …… and so on, then performance is still essential.
Sticking to regular maintenance will restore your confidence in your car. Your car will benefit from better tire traction, reliable ignition and engine starting, and better steering.
Costs Less in the Long Run Any mechanic will tell you that the benefits of routine maintenance far outweigh the ad hoc approach of only performing sporadic maintenance, or worse, repairing your car when it breaks down. One of the biggest benefits is financial.
Regularly servicing your car prevents bigger, more problematic issues from arising. Paying a little now over a longer regular period of time may seem like an annoying expense, but it’s better than having a lot of work done at once.
Many automotive problems, if left unchecked, can snowball. This means that when you finally get them checked out, what was once a routine small expense can balloon into an immeasurably larger expense that could have been easily avoided.
Fuel Efficiency One of the most common and easily recognizable automotive failures you may face is an engine leak or fuel inefficiency (fuel burn). This problem has far-reaching implications, not just for you and your vehicle.
One of them is the economic impact. That’s because fuel prices are rising rapidly, with $80 per barrel looking like it will be the norm this summer. There’s also an environmental impact, as spilled fuel tends to go down the drain and then into the ocean or destroys native plants.
By sticking to fuel instead of letting it leak, you can ensure that when you fill up your tank, the fuel will get you an extra mile.
Maintain the value of your car
As much as some of us would like to think so, most cars aren’t eternal. We outgrow them, our requirements change, sometimes it’s time to upgrade, or maybe we “just don’t like it anymore.” Regardless of our underlying motivation for these decisions, we are all likely to find ourselves sellers in the used car market at some point.
There is no shortage of advice on the market about the “dos” and “don’ts” of selling a used car. Amidst the plethora of tips, tricks, and general advice, there is one overwhelming piece of information that will appeal to you every time – take care of your car on a regular basis.
The reason is simple – cars in good condition will fetch a higher price on the resale market. Negligence is generally easy to recognize. It can be seen in the frame, tires and interior. Likewise, once a potential buyer opens the hood, irregular engine maintenance can be eye-opening and ultimately cripple any bargaining power you once had.
In a nutshell.
It’s only natural to have strong feelings about your vehicle, and regular maintenance is recommended. Following the tips in this post can help you avoid any vehicle disasters.