Much like any other machine, automobiles need care and maintenance on a regular basis for it to operate as expected. One of the biggest dangers to safety of both passengers and driver is being in a car that’s poorly maintained. Vehicles that weren’t able to get its regular maintenance tend to make it unreliable and can be the cause of malfunction when running.
When you make a decision to either lease or buy a car, be sure that you know how frequent to check all the fluids and parts for the maintenance needed. Your owner’s manual will give you schedule for the recommended maintenance either by time or mileage.
Remember that whenever your car is not properly tuned-up, it could experience internal damage which may put the safety of driver at risk. Even the small internal damage can also turn into a bigger problem in the future. For a car to run smoothly, the parts that compose it should be able to work in balance. Just a single issue with one part can cause the others to fail, leaving you stranded or even become the root cause of a serious accident. Not just that, small problems that may bring internal damage can be costly to repair in the future.
The timeline for checkup will depend on the part in question. But generally speaking, it is suggested that you take your car for tune-up every 3000 miles. The engine oil of the car has to be replaced with a new one every tune-up while some other fluids like power steering fluid, brake fluid as well as transmission fluid should be checked too for any signs of dirt or leak. As for the tires, it should be rotated and checked every 7000 miles or so to ensure that they will not wear unevenly. It is best that you look at the owner’s manual to see the guidelines in regards to maintenance.
A lot of safety concerns would be checked annually during state inspection but more serious problem may arise throughout the year between inspections. You have to space out car maintenance during the year to be able to increase your odds of catching possibly big problems in its early stages and make it more affordable. By doing preventative maintenance, this is going to save you from having to deal with horrific car accidents and save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the future.
When you take your car for inspection or tune-up, the mechanic automatically becomes responsible for your car. Therefore, it is right to ask if they are certified and qualified to perform inspections and repairs.