Keeping up with a maintenance plan for your vehicle may seem like a chore, but it's something you can't ignore — especially because it keeps your car running better for longer. Regular maintenance won't just keep your car new, but it could also catch big, costly problems before they happen and it keeps your warranty in place. And when we talk maintenance, we aren't always talking about an expensive service to your Subaru, even a car wash can even keep your car looking newer, longer.
Keeping up with regular maintenance will also ensure the safety of your vehicle. Brakes, tires and lights can sometimes go unchecked but they are critical to everyday safe driving. If you hear any strange squeaking or grinding noises, you should bring your car in to get it checked out to make sure all parts are working the way they should. Cracks or splits in your tires can be hazardous to the safety of you and your vehicle. If they are left unattended, a blowout could occur. And keep an eye on those warning lights! If you aren't sure what the light means, check your owner's manual or stop in at your dealership right away. You don't want to be driving when something could go seriously wrong.
Manufacturers create a maintenance schedule for a reason: to keep your car running in good condition. If you fail to meet their recommendations, in their eyes, you are not taking proper care of your vehicle. If your service history does not meet or exceed the minimum recommended maintenance requirements, the manufacturer has the right to deny your warranty claims. If this happens, it can make for a costly repair that you are forced to pay out-of-pocket.
Regular oil changes, filter changes and tune-ups may seems like an expense you can avoid, but they are two of the simplest things you can do for your vehicle to help keep your warranty in tact. Remember to keep copies of all maintenance receipts to help you in the future if there is ever any warranty work that needs to be done.
Some people would love to drive their vehicles until they won't drive any more, while others want a new car every few years. Whatever the case may be, sometimes life happens and plans change, so resale value should always be in the back of your mind.
While it's true that all vehicles are constantly depreciating in value, recommended maintenance does its part in raising the resale value of your vehicle. Whether selling privately or to a dealership, completing maintenance and keeping the proof of said service is a great selling feature. Private buyers appreciate pride of ownership when they purchase a used vehicle and dealerships love clean service records too (it helps ensure the certified used vehicle status). People will pay more for a vehicle that is well taken care of. As we said before, hang on to all service receipts so your future buyer can see that you have taken care of your vehicle, people pay more for something that has been cared for.
The most common car maintenance includes (but is not limited to):
- Routine parts and fluid inspections
- Top off fluids
- Oil Change
- Filter replacement (air, oil, cabin air, fuel)
- Tire Rotation and alignment
- Inspection of brake pads, linings, axles, suspension, steering, spark plugs, belts, etc.
Be sure to check your vehicle's owner's manual for suggested mileage intervals for all routine Subaru service, inspections and part replacement. Still have questions? Subaru of Niagara is always willing to help. Give us a call and a member of our team will help you figure out just what your Subaru needs!