When it comes to their vehicles, some auto owners don’t have a maintenance mindset. They know they need to take care of their cars, but it just seems really hard to get them to remember to do it. Unfortunately, drivers too often learn a hard automotive lesson when a little routine maintenance would have prevented a significant breakdown.
Drivers generally accept other things in life that require regular maintenance. For example: the lawn. You water it and mow it every week. And weed the flower beds and rake the leaves. There are more examples: Going to the dentist twice a year. Clothes to the dry cleaner. Flu shots. Taking the kids for a medical checkup before school starts.
Most drivers really are maintenance minded. They just have to learn to apply that mindset to cars. I mean, if you never brush your teeth or go to the dentist, you’ll become painfully aware of your neglect when you get a big cavity. Once the damage is done, most of us learn our lesson and shape up.
So how can Washington DC motorists get into the habit of taking care of their late model vehicle? It’s so easy to forget. Not like when you skip cutting the grass and you see it every time you pull in the driveway.
What’s The Key to Good Vehicle Maintenance?
Here’s something that will help: The key to good vehicle maintenance starts with the oil change. Think about it – when you go in for a full-service oil change, your service advisor will check all your fluids. If one of them is low, he can look for the reason why. If your serpentine belt is cracked, he’ll see it and let you know. Corroded battery cable – they’ve got you covered.
Why Follow Your Vehicle Maintenance Schedule?
The oil change becomes kind of a focal point, a way to check in to see what needs to be done. The fact is that vehicle inspection surveys consistently reveal that over 80% of vehicles have one or more unperformed repair or maintenance service. Vehicles are generally very reliable and can take a lot of abuse and neglect. But, you’ve got to remember that late model vehicles are complicated machines. There are parts and fluids that are critical to their operation. Without them, the late model vehicle won’t run at all.
At Metro Motor, we check to see if your late model vehicle auto maker has recommended any services at your current mileage. So when you come in for an oil change, you get an automotive analysis from your service advisor and a reminder for recommended services. For a maintenance and repair plan that keeps your family safe and avoids expensive breakdowns, just get in touch.
Vehicle care information made available by Metro Motor is presented as helpful advice for general maintenance and should not be construed as instructions for at-home vehicle service. Be sure to consult your owner’s manual and a licensed, professional mechanic for diagnostics and repair.