Friday, 5 October 2012

Ten Reasons to Maintain Your Car

Sometimes, we can't help but put off car repairs or routine maintenance. This can be due to a lack of funds, time or resources, but it can also be simply because we don't understand what a car needs to run well. In the same way we all took driving lessons before we first took the wheel, you may need a refresher in the benefits of keeping your car running well.

Keep Your Car Running Longer

A well-maintained vehicle is much more likely to meet the 10, 15 and 20 year benchmarks that we would all love to see. This is because any problems have either been prevented or simply not allowed to get worse due to not being fixed.

Maximize Your Investment

Like nearly everything else, a car's value is determined in large part by its condition, so it stands to reason that a car in good shape will be worth more in the long run than an identical model that has been neglected. Protect your investment by maintaining your vehicle.

Improved Fuel Economy

A vehicle that has regular oil changes and other maintenance runs better and more efficiently, meaning you'll spend less time at the pump each month. In this way, how you care for your vehicle has a direct impact on your wallet.

Prevention is Key

Routine maintenance like fluid top-offs and tire replacement can help prevent major car problems from ever occurring. The best way to avoid having to shell out hundreds for car repairs is to pay a little over time in the form of regular care.

Reduce Cost of Repairs

Much like the above, a small problem that is easily corrected costs less than labor-intensive repairs that could have been prevented by vehicle maintenance.

Keep Your Vehicle Roadworthy

Many states have minimum emissions or safety requirements that must be renewed every year. Keeping your car in good shape is a great way to ensure you can always meet these requirements and keep your car on the road. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines and other legal problems down the road.

Reduce the Time Your Vehicle is Off the Road

Being without a vehicle, even for a short while, can be a helpless feeling. However, most problems resulting in lengthy repairs could have been avoided with preventative maintenance. If you care for your vehicle, you are far less likely to have to rely on friends or relatives to get you or your children where they need to go.

Vehicle Parts Last Longer

We all know that there are a variety of parts on any vehicle that must be replaced. However, we can reduce the cost of these replacements when they last longer due to routine check-ups.

Increase Vehicle Safety

If your vehicle is in working shape, you're less likely to suffer a breakdown or equipment failure that could result in an accident. If you treat your car well, it will treat you well in return.

Stay Safe on the Road

Your family is the most important thing in your life, and it makes sense to protect them when you're on the road. A well-cared for vehicle is also a safer one. Your family will thank you!

This guest post was brought to you by PassSmart, the UK's best way to find a driving instructor.

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