Here are some of the main things to have checked out: Most people change their oil on a regular basis, but all other fluids are equally important. If you ignore the other fluids, you run the risk of having an expensive part such as a transmission fail in the future. There are a lot of different lights on your vehicle and they all need to work in order for you to drive safely. Some of the bulbs can be a little tricky to try to replace, so have your mechanic check them out while you’ve got it in the shop. Having brakes that are in good shape is obviously very important, but many drivers don’t have them inspected often enough. Waiting until the pads are completely worn out is not only unsafe, but it can end up costing you even more money due to the additional damage that might occur. Want to avoid a breakdown? Not a nervous one. I am talking about a breakdown on the road. Get the belts and hoses checked out, because rubber items like these can wear out over time, even if you aren’t putting many miles on the vehicle. If you have a check engine light that is on, have your mechanic hook up the scanner and check it out. You might have a minor problem that can be fixed fairly easily. Plus, you could end up saving money with better gas mileage after it's fixed! Air filters allow the engine to breathe and having a plugged filter can affect gas mileage. Get the plugged air filter replaced and you and your engine can both breathe a little easier. Have the entire charging system checked over because batteries and alternators can go bad at any time of the year. Also, make sure that the terminals on the battery are clean. Otherwise, power can’t go through the electrical system properly and eventually the vehicle won’t start. Things such as the suspension and tires really take a beating and they need to be inspected. Even if your vehicle doesn’t have a lot of miles on it, a lot of damage can be done when you are banging around in the snow of winter and running over potholes in the spring. There are many things that you can do on your own to maintain your vehicle, such as checking the air pressure, putting on new wiper blades, even cleaning it up inside and out. Of course doing as much maintenance as you can on your own will always save you money at the repair shop.