Cars are incredibly complex machines. They are also incredibly valuable. Most people are absolutely reliant on their cars for transportation to work, school, soccer practice, grandma’s house, or even vacation. The last thing anyone wants is to have their car break down. Repairs are expensive and your way of life is almost always affected. The best way to keep this from happening is through routine car maintenance.
Oil Changes –Oil is the life blood of your car. It keeps everything running smoothly, and routine oil changes can actually extend the life of your car. You should check what the manufacturer’s suggested frequency for oil changes is. Frequent oil changes are ultimately beneficial to your vehicle.
Brake Pads—Brake pads keep the brakes of your car functioning correctly. They should be changed every 50,000 miles and it usually costs only $50-$100 in total.
Tires – Tires spend their entire lives rolling across the rough and rugged surfaces of the road. Here in Arizona the temperature of said roads can get as high as 140 degrees! It is important that you keep your tires inflated to the correct PSI (pounds per square inch) as specified by their manufacturer. Tires must also be periodically rotated and changed. Proper tire maintenance can actually increase your car’s MPG!
Fluids and Filters – Filters help to remove contaminants that may sneak their way into a car, and fluids ensure your car runs smoothly. Changing them frequently can also increase the longevity of your car.
Proper car maintenance isn’t fun, and it does come with a cost. Remember, money spent now can save even more money down the line. Cars that have been taken care of can easily stay on the road well past 100,000 miles!