More Reasons to Service Your Vehicle

Not many things are more boring or routine than having your vehicle serviced.  Let's face it, virtually every other "maintenance" activity in your life brings you some visible result or satisfaction.  If you mow your lawn, it looks nice and neat when you are finished.  If you get your teeth cleaned, your mouth feels fresh and your teeth are smooth.  After a workout, the endorphins make you feel good from head to toe.

But after changing your oil, your car generally looks and runs the same.  Other than the new oil change reminder in the corner of your windshield, you won't likely notice the difference.  But servicing your car on a regular basis will save you tons of money in the long run.  Having it done at the same, professional shop each time will save you even more.  And despite what all the experts say, I still recommend having your car serviced every three months or 3,000 miles.  Here's why:

  • Routine vehicle inspections can catch minor problems before they become serious problems.  If a tech notices an unusual tire wear pattern, he may be able to make adjustments before you need new tires.  Or a small oil leak can be repaired before it causes more significant damage.
  • Regular maintenance improves the value of your vehicle when you decide to sell it.  Many shops report the maintenance to Carfax, so it can show up there.  Even if not, your history of maintenance makes a future buyer willing to pay extra.
  • Professional maintenance is good for the environment.  Doing your own maintenance may save you a buck or two on labor, but then you are stuck with used oil, a used oil filter, coolant or other fluid you have to dispose of.  What are you going to do with it?  A professional shop usually has a waste oil furnace to recycle to oil.  The other fluid is recaptured and recylced.  Even the oil filters are reused.  And if your shop finds an oil leak before you do, that can keep oil out of the groundwater.
  • Proper maintenance is required for most extended service contracts and warranties. If you cannot prove you maintained your vehicle according to the manufacturer's requirements, you may be stuck paying for repairs that might have been covered.
We'd love to have you as a customer at Warehouse Auto Repair in Staunton, VA, but if you choose somewhere else, make sure you find a good reputable shop and STAY THERE!  Don't chase the $19.99 oil change all around town and do your best to avoid the cheap quick lube chains.  Their techs are not trained at doing anything other than dropping your oil and popping on a new filter.

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