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If You Drive an Older Vehicle, Regular Maintenance is Key

Written by on August 09, 2018

Wear and tear can take its toll as a vehicle ages, especially if that vehicle isn’t properly cared for. Older vehicles need more maintenance than newer ones to run well and remain in peak condition. Routine maintenance is the key. It’s beneficial to your vehicle in numerous ways, including extending its lifespan, ensuring a higher resale value, improving gas mileage, and reducing repair costs and frequency.

Extends the Lifespan of Your Vehicle

If your vehicle is older or has more than 100,000 kilometers on it, regular maintenance is the best way to extend its life. But the maintenance schedule varies from one vehicle to another. While some parts may require monthly maintenance, others may only require yearly maintenance or checkups after a certain number of kilometers. To ensure your car lives a long, healthy life, you’ll need to stay on top of these schedules. If your warranty has expired, ask the best auto mechanic Edmonton has to offer, Computerized Auto Pro, for a comprehensive maintenance schedule.

Ensures a Higher Resale Value

Vehicles are major investments. And most people only want to purchase vehicles that are worthy of their monetary and time investments. Regular maintenance can help ensure your vehicle is a worthy investment for the next buyer. However, this can only be achieved if your car has accurate maintenance records and is maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. A well-serviced car should provide the maximum resale value, meaning your own time and money won’t be wasted.

Improves Gas Mileage

Well-maintained vehicles with good tires, oil changes according to the factory guidelines, clean oil and fuel filters and more, usually have better fuel economy or miles per gallon (MPG). Routine maintenance could increase your vehicle’s gas mileage by as much as ten percent, and it should at least help your vehicle maintain its original MPG and efficiency. This will help you save money, travel farther and possibly meet the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) rating for your vehicle.

Reduces Repair Costs and Frequency

It’s obvious that the better your vehicle is maintained the less repairs it will need. This doesn’t mean it won’t ever need repairs, but it does mean they won’t be as frequent and there will be fewer major repairs. Fewer major repairs equals lower costs. Just remember to follow the maintenance schedule. For example:

  • Change the oil according to the manufacturer’s guidelines
  • Rotate the tires and inspect the belts according to the manufacturer’s guidelines
  • Check the tire pressure and oil level every month
  • Wax the exterior to prevent rust and check the power steering liquid every six months
  • Change the transmission fluid, inspect the shocks for leaks, inspect the spark plugs and replace the PCV valve, rotor and distributor cap according to the manufacturer’s guidelines

Is it time to bring your car in for a routine check and maintenance? Unsure about the maintenance that your vehicle requires for best performance? Give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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