Anything you want to keep around for a while you need to maintain: It's true for houses, computers and even your teeth! And it's especially true for cars. Doing regular tune-ups is the key to avoiding a nasty, expensive surprise from some neglected part..
That's the reason to keep your car up-to-date in a nutshell, but there are other factors to keep in mind as well. Don't underestimate the following reasons for busting out the toolbox, or maybe taking the vehicle to a mechanic for an in-depth look. Either way, there are a lot of good things that can come from paying attention to your car.
Seasons change, and so should your vehicle
When spring rolls around, it means you've just gone through tough winter weather. Icy roads can be hard on your tires and cold weather patterns may have left some smaller, more cosmetic changes to do. The interior may also need a little work: Don't forget all of the wear and tear that comes from people getting in and out of your car with muddy, snowy boots.
But while this is the most obvious seasonal change at the moment, you should start making scheduled efforts to regularly maintain your car throughout the year. Moving into any season might be a good time to inspect your car for certain flaws you need to fix.
"Moving into any season might be a good time to inspect your car for flaws you need to fix."
Costs will mount up
This isn't just a prediction – it's practically a fact! In the short term, some of the things you need to do to keep your car in shape could seem like too much to bear, but consider the even bigger costs of replacing entire parts of your vehicles later on, such as the engine or the transmission. Replacements can be several times more expensive than a simple repair or maintenance, no matter how troublesome it is.
Cost might be one of the biggest arguments for maintaining your vehicle and fixing it sooner rather than later. Any time a fix seems too expensive, budget it out over time and see how it compares to the reality of a more intensive action later on.
Some maintenance tasks are crucial for vehicle safety. As Meineke pointed out, going too long without an oil change could lead to an engine overheating, as well as other issues that may make it harder to drive safely. If cost once again seems like an issue, don't just think of the lower expense of maintaining versus replacing, but of the safety benefits as well. Do you really want to drive around with a car that could break down at any moment?
Also, there's reason to stay aware of the latest auto recalls. Many owners probably know that recall notices have been coming out quickly in recent years. The website iseecars.com keeps a running tally of the major manufacturers with recalls to be aware of.
"Replacements can be several times more expensive than a simple repair or maintenance."
As of April 3, the site reported that Honda has recalled more than 1.2 million cars in 2017 alone, which actually represents a 51 percent decrease from this time last year. Perhaps more alarming, Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 1 million cars during the same timeframe, which is 161 percent more than the amount it had by April in 2016.
Peace of Mind
Let's not forget the all-important value of feeling relaxed in your own vehicle. You shouldn't have to worry about any of the above problems, which is why maintaining your vehicle will ultimately lead to a better feeling overall, especially if you drive a lot. At te end of the day, that's really what it's all about!