Having a car is a necessity for most citizens of this nation. Some of us would be lost without our car and probably have never used public transportation in their lives. Most of us know that it is very important to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape starting with reading your vehicle’s manual so that you know just how to do that. There are car owners that don’t take the time to do that, they just drive the car and wait for something to go wrong with it before they even think of the importance of proper upkeep. Important things like regular oil changes, tune-ups, and tire checks can extend the life of your car. Don’t wait until your engine burns up from lack of oil or water. Either one of these things can ruin a perfectly good engine.
There is no such thing as changing your oil too frequently but you should at the very least have it changed and a new oil filter installed every 3,000 miles. This doesn’t sound too hard but a lot of vehicle owners don’t take the time even though an oil change is much less expensive than a blown engine. There are auto shops that specialize in oil changes and along with the oil change they will check many other things on your vehicle such as hoses for wear and tear damage, your transmission fluid level, your battery status, etc. You really get a lot for your money when you take your car in for an oil change.
The days of fix it yourself are over because the engines of today are computerized and very complicated. In the past, it was easy to change your own oil, do tune-ups on your car, changes your spark plugs, etc. So, it is important for every car owner to find a reputable auto shop that they can trust to do these things. If you’ve been a car owner for any length of time you probably have had a bad experience with a shady car shop. Where your can was in worse shape when you got it back than when you put it in the shop. If you don’t know of a reliable car shop you can ask your friends if they know one or you could go onto the internet and see if you can find one that way. The internet will point you towards one with a good reputation in your area.
When you’re in the market to purchase your next vehicle you should try to find the most reliable car you can. In a 2003 JD power survey it was stated that car owners themselves rated the ten most reliable cars as: Lexus, Infiniti, Buick, Porsche, Acura, Toyota, Cadillac, Lincoln, Honda, and Mercury. So, even if our favorite car isn’t on that list it would be in your own best interest to at least check them out before you decide. It could save you hundreds of dollar in auto maintenance and repair.