When Should I Bring My Car in for Service?

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Despite the fact that cars are the most popular mode of transportation, the art of keeping a vehicle in great shape for thousands upon thousands of miles is something of a mystery for many people. Most drivers think that a car needs to be brought in for an oil change every 3,000 miles, but even this eternal truth of car maintenance isn’t as accurate as you might think. Many newer cars, particularly hybrid vehicles, need oil changes much less often. Thankfully, there’s an easy place to find out exactly what kind of maintenance your car needs, and when it needs it: your owner’s manual.

The Importance or Regular Auto Maintenance

The owner’s manual that came with your vehicle should include a maintenance schedule, an easy-to-read guide informing you when your car needs to be taken to a local service center for regular maintenance. Whether you plan on keeping your vehicle for a long time or plan to trade it in after a few years, you’ll save yourself lots of time, money, and stress by sticking to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

Getting your oil changed may be the most essential of maintenance tasks, but that doesn’t mean that sticking to the full maintenance schedule isn’t important. When your vehicle isn’t properly maintained, it can’t run as efficiently, and the various components of your vehicle will begin to suffer excessive wear. This can lead to major problems with your vehicle, which may end up costing you more money in the long run. And if you plan on reselling your vehicle or trading it in, a strong maintenance record will fetch a higher price – so think of the cost of maintenance as an investment in the resale value of your car, truck, or SUV.

It’s also important to pay attention to any changes in the way your vehicle is running. Even with regular maintenance, cars can develop problems, so if your vehicle starts making strange noises, vibrations, or odors, it’s a good idea to take it in to a service center as soon as possible. Here at Community Honda of Orland Park, our friendly service team can help you keep your car in good working order for years to come.

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