Automotive maintenance is something most of us ignore, until our vehicle stops functioning. Next to safe driving habits, auto maintenance is one of the most important aspects of vehicle ownership. Proper car care determines the longevity, performance, and reliability of the vehicle you drive. Taking proper care of your vehicle involves more than taking care of its external coat of paint and keeping it clean and shiny.
Car maintenance means taking care of all the parts, even those under the hood. These parts are the ones that directly concern the performance of your vehicle. Besides taking it to the service station at regular periods, it is a good idea to go through the owner's manual to get an idea about factory recommended routine maintenance.
Checking the battery, checking the oil, changing the oil, and checking the electrical system are some of the absolutely unavoidable things to keep your vehicle in good shape. Keeping a log book in which you keep all the details regarding repair, auto maintenance, routine check-ups etc. will give you an accurate idea of what needs to be done and when.
We are believers in preventative maintenance. You might think an auto repair shop would rather have those big ticket repairs rather than much smaller maintenance orders. It makes a lot more sense for us to encourage proper maintenance because it saves you money. Preventative maintenance also can be scheduled, and that is good for you and our shop. Preventative maintenance done regularly has many other benefits such as:
Prevent big ticket repairs! In the end, preventative maintenance is extremely beneficial. There will always be big ticket repairs because some people simply delay on maintenance until it's too late; hopefully, you are not one of them. If you would like to understand the role of preventative maintenance further, ask one of our service advisors for a "Car Care Guide" provided by "The Car Care Council", a national non-profit organization established to educate consumers about the benefits of proper vehicle care, maintenance and repair. The service advisors at Murphy's are very experienced and well-trained and want you to understand proper vehicle maintenance, because when you do, we both will take better care of your vehicle.