We understand that not everyone loves going to the auto repair shop. Vehicle care takes time out of your precious day and is an investment. However, the truth is, regular maintenance actually saves you money over time. Plus, a better cared for vehicle means that your car retains more value and will be worth more if you ever want to trade it in or resell it. Let's look at some of the reasons why vehicle maintenance actually saves you money rather than costs you money.
First, we need to understand how cars work. Your vehicle has over 30,000 individual parts, and just like any other machine, they need to be lubricated and serviced regularly to ensure proper working condition. No other machine with over 30,000 parts will work seamlessly for years upon years without a touch of maintenance. When you think about it, it's actually amazing just how little maintenance our cars actually need considering how complex they are!
Now, when you buy a vehicle, you are given an owner's manual that you'll probably stick in your glove box and never read. However, did you know that inside that manual is a recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle? This maintenance schedule is based on specific intervals that are tailored for the suspected life span of certain components. For example, timing belts are made of rubber and only last about 60,000 miles. So, in the owner's manual, you will find that your manufacturer probably recommends you to have your timing belt replaced at 60,000 miles or so. The reason is, if you wait until that timing belt breaks, you'll end up with much more damage to the engine itself. This is one way that maintenance can save you money!
Maintenance items are all carefully planned to basically prevent major issues from occurring over time. You've probably heard about dreaded repairs such as an entire engine replacement or transmission rebuild. These are major repairs that are typically needed because the owner didn't have the car care for properly over the years. The better you maintain your vehicle, the less likely you'll be to have to deal with these high ticket repairs. Plus, maintenance is relatively inexpensive! A regular oil change is around $40-$70, whereas an engine repair can range up in the thousands. Sounds like a no brainer, right?
When you ask a car owner with a poorly maintained vehicle why they never went to the shop to get their recommended services done, they may say that they didn't want to spend money or be oversold for repairs. We understand that fear and want you to know that the experts here at David's Garage are honest and reliable when it comes to your vehicle's maintenance. We help you keep track of what your actual manufacturer recommends, and will never say you need a repair that you don't. We only recommend what we feel is necessary for your safety on the road and the integrity of your vehicle, and we let you know what services or repairs can wait so that you can budget for them in the future.
When you better maintain your vehicle, you save money on those pesky major repairs that most often occur when a vehicle is poorly maintained. So let us help you save money here at David's Garage! If your vehicle is due for maintenance or service, don't hesitate to stop by our shop or give us a call for assistance today.