Proper care for your vehicle will keep it running longer and will help you get the most out of the investment you made when you bought your car. As experts in the field, we often get questions about how often general repair services should be scheduled. We recommend that you have your car inspected on a regular basis. You don’t need to schedule general repair services annually, but there are some things, like getting the oil changed, that will likely need to be addressed more than once a year.
Here are some of our suggestions for how often you should schedule general repair services:
- The oil in your car needs to be replaced based on recommendations you’ll find in your owner’s manual.
- Filters need to be replaced when the oil is changed to ensure that the oil is clean and free of debris.
- A car’s timing belt doesn’t necessarily give any indication that it’s breaking, so the best practice is to have it replaced based on what the manufacturer recommends. The timing belt will also be evaluated during a routine car inspection and may show signs of extreme wear. If that’s the case, the technician will recommend replacing it.
- Brakes have pads that get worn down from use. They should be replaced before they’re no longer providing a buffer, which is usually indicated by a squeaking or squealing sound when the brakes are applied.
Take good care of your car and it will last longer and function better. Who doesn’t enjoy a safe and smooth ride? The more regularly you schedule general repair services for your car, the better it will work for you.