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The Choice is Yours!

The Choice is Yours!

Everyone who owns a car has a choice. You can have it maintained regularly and keep it in good running condition, or you can wait until something suffers from lack of maintenance and complain about the cost of auto repair. We hope you’ll choose to maintain your car regularly and avoid costly repair bills down the line.

What’s involved in regular maintenance? That’s going to depend on the make, model, and year of your car, but some things are fairly standard.

First, keep your car clean, inside and out. That’s easy enough, right? Next, get the oil and filter changed according to manufacturer’s specifications. That’s usually every 3,000 to 4,000 miles. Belts and hoses need to be inspected about twice a year and then generally should be changed at 40,000-60,000 miles. Again, check the owner’s manual to be sure. Tire pressure should be checked regularly. Properly inflated tires last longer and yield higher gas mileage, so it’s to your financial advantage to check the tires when you fill ’er up. That brings us to tune-ups. This has been an area of some controversy, since many late model cars don’t need tune-ups as often as older vehicles. Tune-ups used to be done on ignition points, distributor caps, spark plugs, and rotors every 15,000 to 20,000 miles. Newer vehicles, however, with computer controls and auto electrical repair, undergo a different process that includes adjusting the system to maintain maximum performance. This may be done at 30,000 miles or not until 100,000 miles, depending on your manufacturer’s recommended schedule.

Whether you drive a new car or one that has been tested by time and is still going strong, your car needs regular maintenance. We know what your car needs and that you want to avoid costly repairs down the road. Trust us to help you stay on a recommended schedule of care that’s good for your car and your wallet.