My oh my! What a great question. Robert’s Collision & Repair loves to partner with our clients to help you get the most out of your vehicle. Newer cars are designed to get to 300,000 miles or more, but you can’t possibly get there unless you take good care of your car. There’s a lot you can do yourself, but regular maintenance is key to the overall health and wellbeing of the vessel that carries to and from all the places you want to go.
The biggest return on the investment of time and money into regular maintenance is that you will help prevent a huge (and costly) issue that could have otherwise been preventative. Hence, preventative maintenance. You optimize performance, increase gas mileage, and maximize the health and wellbeing of your vehicle so that it can continue to be a workhorse as well as giving you the freedom that the open road provides!
- Check your fluids regularly: oil, transmission fluid, coolant. Why these are important: failure to keep these at optimal levels is to keep your engine from overheating. Without these fluids your engine is toast.
- Oil changes are necessary! Every car is different so check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to know how often a change is optimal for yours. It helps keep potentially destructive debris from damaging your engine.
- Check your tires on a regular basis: air pressure tends to fluctuate with change in temperature and over time. Also inspect the sidewalls and treads. Keep an eye out for wear and damage. Proper inflation helps with gas mileage. Proper tread helps keep your tires properly gripping the road and moving water, snow, and debris out and away from your vehicle.
- Engine filters need replacing to keep your gas mileage at its optimum. An air hose is a simple way to help keep it clean along the way.
These are all things you can do yourself or reach out to the experts at Robert’s Collision & Repair. There’s so much more, but those vary from vehicle to vehicle. Take time to familiarize yourself with owner’s manual and get to know what will truly help you get the most out of your vehicle. Or stop by and chat with us. If you are one of our current customers, you already know that we are on your side and we will partner with you to increase performance and protect your investment.