Let’s face it, maintaining your vehicle is quite an arduous task especially if you do not have any idea how you can possibly squeeze it within your busy schedule. It would also require an amount of money to keep your wheels in A1 condition. But then, we need a personal transportation means if we want to avoid the hassle of public transport and impractical cab expenses. So, here are some tips for smart car maintenance that you and your car badly need:

Keep in mind the value of car maintenance

Some car owners tend to neglect the value of maintaining their car’s good condition on a daily basis. Some seem to choose to overlook this necessity because of financial reasons, while some do not have the time. Owning a car is a responsibility. You bought it; you keep it safe for driving. You bought it; earn the money it needs to keep its condition. Maintenance is not only for improved reliability and performance of the vehicle, but also a preventive measure from possible expensive repairs in the long run, or worse, a possible vehicular accident that may cost you your life or the life of others.

Understand your car maintenance schedule and stick to your checklist

Knowing the parts of your car that would need to be checked every now and then can save you a lot of time. If you are a busy person, the best way to do this is to make your own checklist and stick to the dates you blocked for your car’s appointment.  If you do not have the time, still, to make a checklist, there are downloadable and printable checklists online for easy reference. Just customize the list based on your car’s needs. A regular maintenance checklist would require the following schedule:

  • monthly
  • every 3 months/3,000 miles
  • every 6 months/6,000 miles
  • every 9 months/9,000 miles
  • every 12 months/12,000 miles

 

Be mindful of indicators whether your car needs a severe maintenance schedule

Some car owners do not understand that the way they use their vehicle requires a particular maintenance. That’s just like a healthy diet. If you burn a lot of calories for your activities, you need to adopt a high-calorie diet. Car maintenance may be regular or severe. Understanding which one is needed by your car would save you a lot of time and money. Here are some of the indicators that your car’s regular use needs sever maintenance:

  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Highly humid or salty environment
  • Dusty and rough roads
  • Heavy loads like passengers or cargo
  • Idling or the stop-and-go traffic jam situation

Learn the basics of DIY

Saving some of that hard-earned money is a must for car-owners especially for car maintenance. And since we can always learn new skills, a DIY basic maintenance will do the trick. The parts of your car that you can personally maintain are:

  • Fuel Filter Replacement
  • Spark Plugs
  • Windshield Wiper
  • Air filter
  • Battery Maintenance
  • Oil and Oil Filter
  • Brake Pads

On top of these, the most essential is to remember that taking care of your car is taking care of you and all those who occupy its every seat. You can always find the time and money, but you should never lose a life. Drive safe!

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