Ever since you were 16 years old and began learning how to drive you’ve likely heard how important it is to take care of your car with routine maintenance. This is especially true with modern computerized cars designed to run cleaner and more efficiently than ever before. Cars also cost more than ever before, so maintenance is the best means of protecting your investment and getting the most value out of what is likely one of the more expensive purchases you’ve made.

Oil Changes

Because modern cars run cleaner than older cars and use better grades of oil than previously available, they don’t typically require the standard oil change every 3,000 miles like they used to. What’s important is to check the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation and follow the suggested schedule for changing the oil and filter. It’s also to follow the advice of your mechanic based on the type of oil he uses, as certain synthetics require even less changes than traditional oil.

Tune Ups

Engine tune-ups are required to assure your car is running as efficiently as it was designed for. Tune-ups have a routine schedule because the need for them usually comes on slowly over time. You may not notice as the power, gas mileage, and overall efficiency goes down over time, but you’ll see how much better the engine performs after the tune-up procedure. The tune-up procedure is going to consist of inspecting spark plugs, electrical connections, computer sensors, hoses and wiring; and replacing them as necessary.

Scheduled Maintenance

Regular scheduled maintenance is similar to a tune-up with a few nuances which can change the actual process. A large portion of the tune-up is the inspection and making sure everything is working properly. Scheduled maintenance is based on how long parts are expected to last and replacing them before they fail and cause an immediate problem. If your car has ever broken down and left you stranded on the side of the road, you understand how important it is to make preemptive repairs. Beyond the inconvenience, when parts fail they usually cause more damage and lead to more expensive repair bills.

Scheduled maintenance, repairs, and tune-ups are how you keep your car running efficiently so you have one less thing to worry about. It might be easy to procrastinate, but when you put it off your running on borrowed time. You’re still going to need the repairs, so it makes more sense to have them conducted before they cause even more trouble.