Basic maintenance is blocking and tackling for your car.
Waiting until your car is broken to get it fixed is not a great idea. Oftentimes once something has broken, it will cost more to fix and will cause greater inconvenience for you.
To keep your car running in tip-top shape, it’s important to stay current on your basic maintenance. As the name suggests, basic maintenance is the minimum amount of upkeep your car should receive to continue motoring efficiently. It’s like your regular doctor’s checkup, but for your car.
Basic maintenance intervals vary from manufacturer and generally include:
- Oil change
- Fluid check and top-off
- Air filter inspections and replacement if necessary
- Cabin filter inspection and replacement if necessary
- Multi-point inspection of your vehicle’s drivetrain and wear items
- Tire inspection, pressure check and rotation
- Battery inspection
- Brake inspection
- Belt inspection
Basic Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is my basic maintenance interval?
A: Your vehicles owner’s manual should outline the recommended maintenance intervals for your car, including basic maintenance schedules and preventative maintenance timelines. Many manufacturers build out recommended maintenance schedules in 5,000-mile increments, often referring to them as 5k, 10k and 15k services.
Q: Is basic maintenance expensive?
A: The short answer is that basic maintenance helps prevented bigger, unexpected expenses in the future. Basic maintenance helps ensure the efficiency and reliability of your car. Maintenance cost ultimately varies on the service interval. In the long run, investing in maintenance today will go a long way to reducing your service costs and associated inconvenience down the road.
Q: Do I have to go to the dealer for my maintenance?
A: A factory authorized service center knows your vehicle best and has quality OEM parts and factory-trained technicians to install them. In most cases, dealership maintenance costs are comparable if not better than aftermarket service centers. Plus, dealership maintenance provides the peace of mind that the people who know your car best are fixing your car right.