For many of us, our vehicles will constitute the second greatest purchase we make in our lifetimes (second only to a home). Another unsurprising social observation is that people are incredibly passionate and protective of their cars. They’re perceived to be an extension of oneself and a representation of our personalities and values.
With the importance people place into their cars, it’s also important to keep a car maintenance schedule. There are numerous reasons to do this, both for the benefit of yourself and others. Read on to hear why regularly updating your car maintenance schedule is an imperative for everybody, whether you do or don’t harbor strong feelings for your vehicle.
Safety Your car is likely used to drive not only yourself but others around too. This can range from your children, spouse, friends, and wider tiers of family. Of course, it’s essential to drive safely. But what happens if a fault with your vehicle compromises your ability to keep yourself and your passengers safe? Considering that 1.3 million deaths happen on roads annually, this is something you don’t want to overlook.
They say that the first step to fixing a problem is identifying it in the first place, and keeping your car maintenance schedule can do a lot to prevent these kinds of mishaps from happening. Often, keeping up to date is as simple as a visit to Kneble’s Auto Service Center or other reliable service centers, so there really is no excuse.
Performance If you’re anything like the average petrol-head, then performance is everything. Then again, perhaps if you have more in common with the average commuter, performance may not be everything. But it’s still essential if you want to get to work, take the kids to school, go grocery shopping, pick up your sister from the airport . . . the list goes on.
Adhering to your regular maintenance schedule will return the confidence that you need in your vehicle. Your vehicle will benefit from better tire traction, reliable ignition and engine starts, and better steering.
It’s cheaper (in the long run) Any mechanic will tell you that the benefits of routine maintenance far surpass an ad hoc approach of only sporadic maintenance or, worse, repair when a car has broken down. One of the biggest benefits here is a financial one.
Tending to your car on a regular basis will prevent larger, more problematic issues from arising. Paying a little now over more regular periods may seem like an annoying expense, but it’s preferable to having mountains of work done at once.
Many car issues, when left unchecked, snowball into much bigger issues. This means that when you do finally have them looked at, what would’ve been a minor regular cost will be inflated to insurmountable sums of money that could easily have been avoided.
Fuel efficiency One of the most common and most easily recognizable car troubles you may face is a leaky engine or fuel inefficiency (burning fuel). This is an issue that has far-reaching implications beyond simply you and your vehicle.
One way is financially. This is because fuel is quickly increasing in price, looking like USD$80 per barrel will become the norm this summer. Additionally, this can have an environmental impact as leaking fuel often makes its way into drains, which then enters our oceans or can destroy local flora.
By hanging onto fuel rather than having it leak away, you’re ensuring that when you fill up your tank, the fuel will take you the extra mile.
Maintain the value of your car
As much as some of us would like to think to the contrary, most cars aren’t forever. We outgrow them, our requirements change, sometimes it’s time for an upgrade, or maybe we’re “just not feelin’ it anymore.” Regardless of the underlying motivations behind our decisions, it’s more than likely that we’ll find ourselves on the vendor side of the used car market at some point.
There’s no shortage of advice out there detailing the dos and don’ts of selling your used car. Dig through the wealth of tips, tricks, and general advice and one overwhelming piece of information that’ll greet you every time—regularly maintain your car.
The reason is simple, a good-condition car is going to fetch a higher price on the resale market. Neglect is generally easy to identify. This can be seen straight away in the frame, tires, and interiors. Again, irregular engine maintenance will stand out like a sore thumb once a prospective buyer opens the hood, ultimately decimating whatever bargaining power you once held.
Having strong feelings about your vehicle is natural, and regular maintenance is recommended. By following the tips in this post, you can help avoid any vehicular catastrophes before they happen.