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When Automotive Maintenance Dollars Make Sense

Money is tight and everyone is looking for ways to keep money in their pocket. Does bringing your car in for regular maintenance and oil changes make a difference?

A consumer needs to consider the high cost of vehicles or replacing a vehicle. With ten-year-old cars and trucks now going for $20,000 or more in some cases, every mile you can keep your current vehicle is money is kept in your account.

When a vehicle is not safe or beyond its functional life our staff at Superior Auto will let you know so you can make the right decision. We don't want you throwing money away on an old, broken-down vehicle if it is not safe or worth fixing.

In most cases, regular maintenance on vehicles is generally worth the money. Proper and consistent maintenance can help prevent costly repairs, improve safety, extend the lifespan of the vehicle, and even maintain its resale value. Here are some reasons why regular maintenance is important:

  1. Prevent Costly Repairs: Regular maintenance can catch small issues before they turn into major problems. Addressing minor concerns early can save you from expensive repairs down the line. For example a brake system that is repaired before it is completely worn out is a difference of a thousand dollars or more saved.

  2. Safety: Well-maintained vehicles are safer to operate. Regularly checking brakes, tires, lights, and other crucial components can help prevent accidents caused by mechanical failures.

  3. Longevity: A properly maintained vehicle tends to last longer. Regular oil changes, fluid checks, and filter replacements keep the engine and other parts working efficiently and reduce wear and tear. Some vehicles can still be viable and provide a good, safe driving experience up to 300,000 miles. Sure they might not look as nice as they did five years ago but they get you where you want to go.

  4. Fuel Efficiency: Regular maintenance can improve fuel efficiency. Clean air filters, properly inflated tires, and a well-tuned engine can help you get more miles per gallon.

  5. Resale Value: If you plan to sell your vehicle in the future, having a complete maintenance history can significantly boost its resale value. Buyers are more likely to pay a higher price for a well-maintained car.

  6. Warranty Compliance: If your vehicle is under warranty, following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule is often a requirement to keep the warranty valid.

  7. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your vehicle is in good working condition provides peace of mind. You can drive confidently, knowing that you've taken steps to ensure its reliability. Anyone who has laid in bed at night praying their car would start so they could get to work in the morning knows how important this is.

  8. Reduced Emissions: Regular maintenance can help keep your vehicle's emissions within legal limits and reduce its impact on the environment. New diesel motors require some

  9. Routine Checks: Regular maintenance appointments provide an opportunity for mechanics to inspect your vehicle thoroughly. They can identify potential issues that you might not notice on your own.

  10. Personal Safety: A well-maintained vehicle is less likely to break down unexpectedly, reducing the chances of being stranded in a remote or unsafe location.

While there's a cost associated with regular maintenance, it's an investment in the long-term health and performance of your vehicle. Following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule and addressing any issues promptly can help you avoid more significant expenses and headaches later on.

When you come into the shop at Superior whether it is for an oil change, tires, brakes, check engine light or some other issue you have identified we will look over the vehicle. Our Service Manager will review with you the things that need to be fixed but also what needs maintenance and what will need to be addressed in the future so you know the overall health and condition of your vehicle. This helps you so you can make intelligent decisions about how much to invest in this vehicle or whether purchasing a new vehicle is the right decision.

We look forward to giving you the information you need to make the right decisions for your journey!

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