Car maintenance is a funny thing. Dylan Houlihan, the founder of Swift Salary points out how many people put it off to try to save money in the short term. However, that strategy usually plays out badly in the long run. According to him, ignoring basic maintenance like oil changes and tire changes can end up costing a lot due to larger problems arising down the road (pun intended).
In more ways, routine vehicle maintenance is similar to regular doctor appointments. It’s safe to say that lot of us are guilty of having the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality—which shouldn’t be the case at all. When we neglect standard vehicle maintenance, we put ourselves, our family, our friends, etc. at risk to the dangers of road accidents. This, of course, goes without saying that it also helps the overall health of your vehicle.
Having said that, we’ve talked to some of our friends in the industry to know more about their thoughts about the benefits of maintaining your vehicle regularly. Below are their responses:
Provides Total Peace of Mind
To avoid fatal crashes and other disastrous accidents everyone should keep their vehicle under check. Maintaining your vehicle whether it’s a bus, a car, or a truck, is a must and this includes checking breaks, inspecting and repairing the vehicle, and even identifying your blind spots. There are various benefits of taking care of your vehicle and some of them are listed below.
First of all, money is the single most important thing, and if you regularly maintain your vehicle you will not have to invest in repairing it. So, it saves both your time and money. Secondly, it increases the life of your vehicle as regular checkups result in an increase in longevity of it. Lastly, it also helps in saving the environment as the use of fuel will be less if the vehicle is maintained properly over the years. Improved performance of the vehicle will automatically result in less fuel consumption.
– Jennifer Willy, Editor, Etia
Delays Vehicle Depreciation
The most important benefits of maintaining your vehicle is depreciation, longevity, and reliability. Nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road or at the supermarket and their car won’t start. Not only does properly maintaining your vehicle reduce depreciation, but it also saves you money on future repairs. A small investment of new brake pads, air filters, and draining fluids could save an engine and transmission.
– Dylan Turriago, Owner and Founder, The Key Man
Increases Fuel Efficiency
A well-maintained car is more fuel efficient. Get the best wear out of your tires by checking your tire pressure often. Routine maintenance will also help prevent car breakdowns, so you don’t get stranded. If you keep all of your oil change and repair receipts, you increase the value of your car in the long run. Maintenance costs less than repairs Fluids break down over time and replacing fluids will help your car last longer.
– Debbie Wright, Author and Founder, The Auto Girl
Enhances the Lifespan of the Vehicle
Routine maintenance helps anticipate potential problems and ensure the vehicle is running properly. Although it may seem like an unnecessary cost if your car currently runs well, you’ll actually end up saving money with scheduled maintenance by avoiding more serious and expensive repairs. Maintenance also helps you save money by increasing your car’s lifespan and delaying your next vehicle purchase.
– Kaitlyn Short, Senior Content Editor, Best Company
Fosters Its Resale Value
One of the best benefits of maintaining your vehicle is that you protect its resale value. People shopping for used cars will be more interested in one that was well-cared for than one that wasn’t. Even if you don’t plan to sell your vehicle, regular maintenance will keep it in good condition and help it last.
– Kaitlyn Short, Content Marketing Strategist, Best Company
In the end, Mr. Houlihan puts everything in perspective. The biggest benefit of maintaining your vehicle is longevity. By consistently taking care of your car, you’ll increase its lifespan, save money, and if you’re planning on selling the car later, a good track record of regular maintenance will help increase its resale value.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the importance of taking your vehicle to its routine checkup every couple of months. Not only does it enhance the durability and the value of your main mode of transportation, but in the grand scheme of things, it protects you, your loved ones, and other people on the road from mishaps and misfortunes.
We’re pretty sure you have plenty of opinions on the subject, so be sure to comment down below and let us know about other advantages of regular vehicle maintenance. We always look forward to hearing from you.