Wondering what the benefits of routine maintenance are? Today’s vehicles are more sophisticated than ever, but that doesn’t mean that you should underestimate the importance of routine maintenance. Staying on top of maintenance ensures you have safe, reliable transportation, but there are many other benefits as well.
While it might seem like you’re spending money to bring your car in for its maintenance, you’re actually saving money. The cost to replace a worn part before it breaks is often lower than if it broke while you were driving. For example, a failed timing belt may cause additional damage to your engine, which would drive up the cost of your repairs. There’s also the cost of getting your vehicle towed if you break down. Maintenance items like properly inflated tires and clean filters also improve your fuel economy, which helps you save money on gas.
If you have parts replaced on a schedule, your vehicle will be in the shop for far less time than if you wait until they fail. By sticking to a maintenance schedule, you also have control of when you bring your car into the shop. Repairs happen when they happen – and it’s often inconvenient timing.
Better Engine Performance
Routine maintenance like oil checks and filter changes help your engine run smoothly and efficiently. Clean oil reduces heat and friction in your engine, preventing overheating and prolonging your engine’s lifespan.
All Systems Function Optimally
In addition to keeping the engine running well, all the systems in your car will work better when you keep it well-maintained. Simple things like changing the spark plugs and replacing the coolant make a significant difference in the way your vehicle runs.
Protect the Value of Your Car
If you ever plan to sell your car, keeping it well-maintained is one of the best ways to make sure you get what it’s worth. One of the main things people look for in used vehicles is its internal condition and how well it runs. No one wants to end up with a lemon. The better shape your car is in, the more you’ll be able to sell it for in the future.
Check Your Manual or Contact Gurney’s Automotive Repair
One easy way to figure out when your car needs specific types of maintenance is to check your owner’s manual. It will have recommendations listed on all routine maintenance items. If you’ve lost your manual, you can often find a PDF online. Or, you can always give our friendly service advisors a call. They’ll be able to look up your make and model and let you know what types of maintenance are coming due. As a reminder, Gurney’s Automotive Repair can perform all factory maintenance and your manufacturer’s warranty will still be intact – no need to visit the dealership!