If you’re like most people, you’re always looking for ways to save money.
With the average cost of owning a car being almost $10,000 a year, you may be tempted to skimp out on vehicle maintenance to save a few bucks.
But that can be a costly mistake. Vehicle maintenance is actually one of the best ways you can save money. It’s worth paying a little now to prevent serious, expensive problems in the future.
Here’s how regular car maintenance can save you money in the long run.
1. It Prevents Unnecessary Repairs
Regular auto maintenance prevents you from paying a lot more down the road for far more expensive and complex repairs.
Regular oil changes can prevent needing a new engine. As oil re-heats and re-cools over time, stick oil sludge can build up, blocking the regular flow of oil to parts that need it.
Low transmission fluid leads to a lack of lubrication, causing gears to grind and wear out. Replacing a transmission is another huge cost that can be avoided with preventative maintenance.
2. It Saves You Gas Money
Regular maintenance ensures you keep getting good fuel mileage. There’s a lot that goes into getting good fuel economy.
A dirty air filter can prevent your engine from getting enough clean air needed to burn fuel. A bad fuel injector can affect the fuel flow into the engine.
Even underinflated tires can cost you extra money at the gas pump. An underinflated tire means there’s increased rolling resistance while on the road, leading to increased drag.
3. It Prevents Emergencies and Accidents
Without routine vehicle maintenance, emergency breakdowns are more likely. These major repairs are far costlier than routine car maintenance.
They can also pose serious safety hazards. A squealing sound indicates your brake pads may be worn. That sound usually starts when you have only a fraction of an inch of brake pad left – which means you need new breaks immediately if you want to continue to drive safely.
4. It Extends Your Vehicle’s Lifespan
Few things will save you money like extending your car’s lifespan. Regular vehicle maintenance can do just that.
If maintained well, a can car last 200,000 miles or more. That means that if you buy a used car with 100,000+ miles, you can still get years of use out of it – but only if you maintain it. Keep your vehicle well-maintained and it will serve you for years and prevent you from having to afford a new car payment.
Choose The Repair Shop for Your Vehicle Maintenance Needs
If you’re in the Mifflinburg or Middleburg area and require vehicle maintenance, The Repair Shop can help. We’re a family-owned business serving the area for over a decade. We’re a full-service shop that offers everything from state inspections to auto maintenance and repairs, and we do it all with fast and friendly customer service.
Contact us for an appointment.