Car maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure that your vehicle expenses do not run out of control. Even though most people know this to be true, too many tend to put their auto servicing on the backburner. Routine upkeep is both the responsibility of the driver and the repair shop entrusted to help keep the vehicle reliable and safe.
A car tune up is a common term used by consumers to mean “make it better” or “make it last”. But what most people need to understand is the recommended intervals that your specific vehicle needs to be serviced. Along with the normal oil changes every 3,000-5,000 miles, these are usually performed at 15,000-30,000 mile intervals depending on your driving habits and climate.
For example, a vehicle driven in the Arizona heat and dust will need to be maintained sooner due to what the manufacturer refers to as “severe conditions”. The major items that need to be addressed during these intervals are the transmission fluid, engine coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, gear oil (for drive axles), hoses, belts, engine air filter & cabin(for a/c & heat) air filter.
These items need to be checked regularly at each oil change and your mechanic should inform you as to when they need to be replaced. Keep in mind that even though this seems like a lot, these expenses are WAY less than the cost of a new vehicle. And even with the new vehicle you’ll still be stuck with some upkeep costs.
There are many options for people seeking advice on how to make their cars last longer rather than always having a huge payment. A Honda service center, if you own an Accord, doesn’t have to be the dealership. 3A Automotive and other top independent repair shops are more than qualified to take care of most all makes and models of automobiles.
Many people are under the false assumption that by taking their vehicle to the dealership that they are going to get a better quality job. But in actual fact, the attention to detail and personalized care you’ll get at an independent shop far outweigh any “expertise” you might get at the dealer. Independent repair shops and dealerships buy their parts from the same places and all the information that is available to the dealership mechanic is available to the independent mechanic.
Finding a trusted professional that can keep you informed and educated on how to make your car last longer will save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Find somebody who is a true professional, who is friendly, and who is willing to spend enough time with you to put your mind at ease about your specific vehicle.