Similar to other machines, automobiles need regular care as well as maintenance in order for it to work smoothly. One of the biggest dangers to safety of both passengers and driver is being in a car that’s poorly maintained. For vehicles that have failed to have its regular scheduled maintenance, it is often unreliable and can potentially malfunction as it runs.
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. Luckily, the owner’s manual can provide you with the optimal schedule for recommended maintenance either by time or mileage.
Just take into mind that when your car is not tuned up, there is a big possibility for it to suffer from internal damage that will then risk the driver’s safety. Even small internal issues can quickly turn into a serious problem down the road. For a car to run smoothly, the parts that compose it should be able to work in balance. An issue with a single part can be enough to make others fail, leaving you to be stuck in your drive or be the cause of accident. Aside from that, these small problems that can cause serious internal damage can be quite expensive as well when it’s repaired.
Depending on the part in question will determine the frequency of its diagnosis. In general, it is highly recommended that you take your car for a tune-up at least every 3000 miles. The car’s engine oil needs to be replaced for every tune-up visit and as for other fluids like power steering fluid, brake fluid as well as transmission fluid, it needs to be checked too for signs of leaks or even dirt. 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. As much as possible, you should create an interval for doing car maintenance within a year to increase the odds of finding potentially big problems while on their early stages and make it affordable. Doing preventative maintenance can also save you from horrific car accidents and save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in the future.
The mechanic automatically becomes responsible for your car the moment that you bring it to them for inspection or tune-up. Therefore, it is right to ask if they are certified and qualified to perform inspections and repairs.