The“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality can cost you a lot of money andhassle down the road if you apply it to regular vehicle maintenance. If youthink it’s okay to put off an oil change for a month or two or skip rotatingyour tires, think again.
Regularlyscheduled maintenance is just that—maintenance. It’s the service required tokeep your car running efficiently so that you can avoid actual automotive repairs.
But,if you need more specific reasons, we’ve got ‘em.
Youneed regularly scheduled maintenance because it…
Saves You Money
Regular maintenance keeps the engine runningsmoothly, fluids at the recommended levels and ensures parts are in goodcondition or replaced before they fail. By maintaining optimal conditionsand/or catching small problems early can spare you major repairs down the road.
One of our favorite examples is a simple oilchange—a service that will run you, on average, about $50. You don’t want tospend the money now because you don’t think your car needs it. So, then whathappens?
With continued use, oil quality and volumedeteriorate, so friction increases and oil pressure drops. When that happens,you’re likely to experience:
- Lossof fuel efficiency
- Lossof power
Likely, you will hear odd noises as metal partsbegin to grind against one another. You will also notice your “Check Engine”light illuminating. In the worst-case scenario, you could wait so long thatyour engine simply can’t be saved, and you need a new one.
Worst case scenario: you need a new engine. Thatmeans. Oh, and in the meantime, your fuel efficiency is lower, too, so you’revisiting the pump more often.
So, while it may seem like you’re saving money by nottaking your car in, in reality, you’re doing just the opposite. If you skip anoil change, you may save $50 that you’ll just have to turn around and puttowards much more expensive engine repairs. Even for more expensive routinemaintenance, like a timing belt change, the maintenance service costs afraction of a complete engine replacement.
Helps Keep You Safe
Money is nothing if you’re not alive and healthy.So, safety is really the real priority and best reason to get regularlyscheduled maintenance.
Routine maintenance includes checks for thesystems and components you rely on to control your vehicle:
- Lightsand signals
If you can’t control your vehicle, you can’t avoidan accident. Regularly scheduled maintenance ensure you have the ability tostop when you need to and keep your vehicle moving in the intendeddirection—the very essentials to roadway safety.
Helps Maintain Your Car’s Value
A vehicle that looks good and works well maintainsits value better than one that run poorly and looks run-down. And whether youwant to sell your car soon or may want to trade it in for a new car in thefuture, your car’s retail value matters.
Plus, if you get into an accident, your vehicle’sresale value may play into how much you get to cover repairs. We’vegiven you the reasons, so now it’s up to you to get the maintenance done. Forquality work for all your automotive maintenance and repair needs, you cancount on Quanz. Contact us toschedule a service appointment at our Westside Albuquerque location.