It’s always important to take good care of your vehicle. From the interior to the paint job, we love our cars; but what about under the hood. For most, it’s like looking at attempting brain surgery. A complicated task best left to technicians, or for gear heads to hem and haw about over cold beer.
Today we’re going to show you five reasons to take your vehicle into the shop and get that oil change that you’ve been putting off for too long between lattes and movies.
1. A chance to see if something will break soon.
The undercarriage is rarely seen. You’re not going to flipping the car over regularly to look, your chiropractor probably doesn’t want you to either. This is a great opportunity for your technician to get underneath and see all the parts from a clear angle and get the big picture of what’s good, bad, and about to break soon in your vehicle. From belts to hoses, your multi-point inspection will let your tech know where things could go wrong and keep you safe on the road.
According to The Car Connection, the sooner you get your vehicle on a regular maintenance schedule, the less money overall you’ll spend on repairs that can cost thousands of dollars.
2. Certified technicians from your brand will know what fluids to use in your vehicle.
Most people who do their own oil changes will pick a trusted brand of oil. However, your vehicle may perform better with a specific type of oil, many synthetic and of a different viscosity than the usual store bought brands. Bringing your vehicle in for a certified maintenance through your dealer will allow you the opportunity to better understand what your vehicle needs when it comes to fluids. Many technicians are happy to discuss your vehicle and let you know about their work.
3. A volcano on wheels.
Your engine is bombarded with thousands of controlled explosions per minute. These can add up to clogs and debris which can cause misfires. Additionally, the heat generated in the engine, if not properly lubricated, will cause overheating and eventual seizing of the engine. The result: a very heavy and expensive roadside paperweight.
4. Staying out of the hospital.
More than 5% of the accidents that occur daily are due to lack of correct or scheduled maintenance, according to Autos.com. Next time you see an accident on the road, it should be a reminder to get your vehicle checked so that you’re not in their situation. Having certified maintenance done regularly according to your operator’s manual can prevent such a event from happening.
5. Warranties can be voided due to lack of oil changes.
Those regular maintenance checks in your owner’s manual are not suggestions, they are required to keep your warranties valid. Possibly saving you thousands of dollars is why we have warranties, but not getting that oil change can void your warranties costing you thousands when you would normally be covered.
Your dealership should be sending you regular reminders to have maintenance done. This is a two-fold reason. The first is to have you come in to have regular maintenance because they want your continued business, but also because they know your vehicle best and by getting it in the shop keeps you under warranty and safer on the road.
To schedule a maintenance check, call your dealership and set an appointment. Most dealerships will give appointments priority over “walk in” business because it expedites scheduling and they reward courteous consideration with quick service. If you have a Mazda, GM, GMC or Chevy, give these guys a call and have your maintenance done and mention “North DFW Car Blog” when you set your appointment.