Do You Know When Your Car Needs Service?

April 20th, 2013 by

Aside from getting their oil changed every 3,000 miles or so, many drivers feel unsure about when they need to get other service. (This classic 3,000 mile rule is typically wrong, by the way, but we’ll get into that in a bit.) Making sure that you get your car regular servicing is key to making sure that your vehicle stays on the road, stays healthy, and keeps you and your family safe.

Your vehicle’s manual should contain a service schedule that tells you when you need to the get different systems serviced. Some cars also come with a separate booklet that details this. This will include information on:

  • Oil changes
  • Wheel alignment
  • Tire rotation
  • Timing belt replacement
  • Brake inspection and replacement

Now back to another reason that this schedule is important. Many drivers get oil changes a lot more often than they need to. While you should go by your schedule, many vehicles can go 5,000 miles to 7,500 miles between oil changes. Waiting this extra time will help to save you a lot on your annual service fees.

Making sure that you get regular service also has the added benefit of keeping your vehicle’s resale value high. If you look at your vehicle as an investment rather than just another commodity, making sure that the value stays high is important.

And while it can be a little painful to dish out money to the mechanic, spending a little money now will help to save you a lot in the future. It’s true that there are some more expensive maintenance procedures, like timing belt replacement for example. Ignoring a timing belt replacement, though, will eventually lead to engine failure in its worse possible form. You could probably only do more damage by throwing a hand grenade under hood.

Service costs don’t need to be entirely painful, though. At Cox, we pride ourselves in providing competitively priced service both on maintenance and auto-body work. If you’re overdue for service, feel free to make an appointment with our team. Be sure not to miss our service specials, either.