Instead of only bringing your car to Weatherspoon Automotive when it needs to be repaired, you should get into the habit of at least following the maintenance schedule recommended by the automaker. If your car has been on the road a few years or if it has more than 25,000 miles on the odometer, the maintenance schedule will need to be determined based on the model and mechanical condition. Our technicians can help you determine a good schedule of preventative maintenance services to keep your car in good shape.
Keep Your Car Clean
When it comes to cleaning your car’s body and interior there is more than aesthetics to consider. By regularly washing and waxing the exterior, you are effectively protecting the finish and preventing rust from developing. As for the interior, food crumbs, spilled coffee and the dirt tracked by drivers or passengers can result in stains, unpleasant odors and damaged upholstery. To a certain extent, cleaning is part of auto maintenance; by keeping your car clean and looking sharp, you are effectively protecting its resale value.
Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure
One of the easiest ways to extending the life of your tires is to keep them properly inflated. It is better to check tire pressure on your own once or twice a month than waiting for the next scheduled maintenance visit. Check your vehicle owner’s guide for the recommended tire pressure based on climate; when you drive with the correct pressure, you are effectively maintaining fuel efficiency and increasing the safety of your ride.
Take Care of Minor Problems Before They Become Major Headaches
Proper auto maintenance is often a matter of addressing issues at the right time, which means taking care of them as soon as possible. Ignoring the “check engine” light and other warnings on your dashboard for too long can result in major issues down the line, and the same goes for strange noises, vibrations, poor engine performance, rough braking, and unusual handling.
Become a Smarter Driver
If you drive your car in a way it was not meant to be driven, there is a good chance that you will end up visiting the shop for repairs more often than you’d like. Economy cars, for example, should not be driven in a spirited manner because they are not built for performance. Aggressive driving maneuvers and speeding constantly are unsafe practices that do not contribute to fuel efficiency, and the same goes for excessive idling; a mid-sized sedan that idles for 10 minutes each day will consume about $80 in gasoline per year. When you start your car in the morning, give it a minute to warm up the engine, this will reduce the accumulated damage that can be caused by frequent cold starts.
Maintain a Car Care Budget
Auto maintenance and repairs are often neglected because vehicle owners do not make adequate financial plans. Budgeting for auto maintenance is just as important as keeping a household budget. An easy way to estimate a car care budget is to let Weatherspoon Automotive design a maintenance schedule for the year so that you know how much the services and parts will cost.