Drivers are keeping their vehicles much longer than they used to, more than 10 years and past 200,000 miles in some cases. This only reinforces the importance of April being National Car Care Month as regular inspections and maintenance are key in keeping a vehicle in good shape.
The Car Care Council designates April as Car Care Month because many people will be heading out on summer road trips soon, plus the cold winter weather is finally behind us. For more information about the council, check out their website at carcare.org. There is a lot of useful information about maintaining your vehicle and about how the different systems on your vehicle function.
Many people don’t realize that parts on two identical vehicles can wear differently, depending on where you drive and how you drive. Brake pads that last 40,000 miles on one vehicle might only last 20,000 miles on a vehicle driven by an aggressive driver. Suspension and steering parts on a vehicle driven on rough roads will wear out much faster than the same parts on one that’s driven mostly on the highway.
Tires can also wear out faster if they are not aligned and balanced and air filters will clog much faster if you drive in areas with a lot of dust. Those are just a few examples, but you get the idea. While every vehicle has recommended service schedules that are important to follow, the condition of your vehicle might be different than other vehicles that are the same year, make and model.
When you take your vehicle in for a complete inspection, the shop should separate the results into issues that need to be addressed immediately and things that have some wear and tear, but are okay for now.
Another thing to remember is that not every vehicle is worth putting more money into due to things such as the engine being worn out or issues related to rust or other damage. It’s important that your mechanic tells you about serious problems so you don't waste your money on other repairs.
Dealing with a reputable shop that honestly advises you about the condition of your vehicle not only saves you a lot of stress, it might also save you some money over the long run. So spring into action and get your vehicle in for a thorough inspection this month.