Proper Car Maintenance

Date posted: October 15, 2012

In order to prolong your car’s lifespan, it’s important to take care of it. Maintaining your vehicle helps its parts run smoothly and last longer. Getting the proper car maintenance suggested by your car’s manufacturer can help to better preserve its value. Vehicles that have been taken care of tend to be worth more in a buyer’s eye.

Here are a few tips for good auto maintenance.

1. Read the owner’s manual for your vehicle. Scheduled maintenance for your car will be listed in the manual, telling you how often you should get your car serviced. This varies from car to car and is important to help your car run properly. Make sure to follow it.

2. Don’t only take your car to the shop when it isn’t running properly. If you get regular auto repair service, you may catch a problem before it needs major repair.

3. Tracking your car’s service history and maintenance schedule can help prove its value. Need help keeping track? Use myCarfax.com or the myCarfax app to keep a log of past maintenance, plus get reminders about upcoming service and open recalls that need attention.

Have a car mechanic regularly:

  • Change the oil: How often you should change your oil may differ depending on the year/make/model.
  • Change fluids: Transmission, power steering, and brake.
  • Rotate tires: This can help your tires last a lot longer.
  • Check brakes: When you get your tires rotated, make sure your mechanic checks your brake pads and rotors.
  • Replace wiper blades: Install new wiper blades if they’re leaving streaks behind or scratching the windshield.
  • Check air filters: If they’re dirty they need to be replaced.

Are you in the market for a used car?

Once you’ve found a car you’re interested in, check to see how well it’s been maintained with a CARFAX Vehicle History Report. They include any service or car maintenance information that has been reported to CARFAX. The shop name and location is listed next to the maintenance they completed. This helps you find a shop that is familiar with your car and can make more informed service recommendations to you.

 

*Before buying a used car get a mechanic’s inspection, a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, and take a test drive to help ensure a great buy.

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4 thoughts on “Proper Car Maintenance

  1. Indeed fixing a problem early on is absolutely important. This way you can avoid further and costlier repairs in the future. A single part requiring repair can affect others.

  2. I really find tip #2 -Don’t only take your car to the shop when it isn’t running properly- fantastic! I think a lot of people do not take this into consideration and only opt for a mechanic when it is absolutely necessary and sometimes even too late. One bad part can have negative effects on others if not fixed in time.

  3. When it comes to car maintenance, the basics are so important.

    I routinely have my cars checked by people who know what they’re doing. I had a very expensive repair some years ago just because I didn’t change the oil.

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