Car Maintenance and Service Checklist

Car maintenance is a topic that overwhelms many vehicle owners. It doesn’t need to be that way, however, as vehicle service and maintenance can be quite simple when handled properly. As long as you have a plan for what kind of care you are going to offer your vehicle, and where you are going to have it serviced, it should be pretty easy to keep up.

Your Owner’s Manual is Key

Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be able to provide you with a step-by-step list of all the various services your vehicle needs to have completed. Why not? Simple – we don’t know what you drive. Each make and model is different in terms of the services that are required, the frequency of those services, and more. The perfect plan for one vehicle will not be relevant at all to another.

That being said, your best option to make a plan for car maintenance is to consult your owner’s manual. In the manual, you will find all the information you need to determine how service on your vehicle will be handled. It might not exactly be exciting reading but taking a few minutes to review this information and make note of what you need to have done and when will go a long way. Many car owners see maintenance as a bit of a mystery, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Use your owner’s manual to your advantage and you can easily make a plan.

Acting Quickly

Something that can trip you up as a car owner is the fact that you can’t fully prepare for everything you’ll need to do. For instance, it’s a great start to have a checklist of maintenance items you want to handle on a periodic basis, but something else might come up in the meantime that needs attention. A classic example of this is the check engine light. If it pops on, you don’t want to wait until your next scheduled service visit to have the issue examined – you want to get on it right away to solve the problem. The best way to approach auto care is with a blend of planned maintenance visits and proactive attention when something pops up.

Trash, Vacuum, Wash

While the care needed for the mechanical parts of your vehicle will vary based on a number of factors, what you need to do to keep the interior (and exterior) in good condition is a little more straightforward. In fact, if you can keep a handle on three chores – trash, vacuum, and wash – you’ll be in good shape. ‘Trash’ simply refers to removing any trash from your car frequently, so it doesn’t accumulate. ‘Vacuum’ and ‘wash’ are self-explanatory, as you will want to vacuum the inside and wash the outside from time to time.


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