November 22 2018, John Vanderhout
Many vehicle owners believe that since they have bought or leased their vehicle in good condition, that they don't have to keep up to date with the regular maintenance of it. For those of you that carry this mind set, please think this over, as even the best kept cars in the greatest conditions will need to be serviced on a regular basis to keep them working properly for years to come. Here are the reasons why you shouldn't ignore when you see a service icon light up on your vehicles dashboard or i-MID, or when you get the phone call from your Service Department to arrange your next service appointment.
Thousands of accidents occur every year as a consequence of owners avoiding vehicle maintenance. While many of us choose to blame poor driving more often than not, many of these accidents happen due to faulty or timeworn brake systems, uneven or limited tire treads, worn out wiper blades, and exhaust build ups just to name a few. Make sure that yourself, your family, your car, and all the other vehicles around you are safe by scheduling regular service checks.
2. INCREASED VEHICLE PERFORMANCE & RELIABILITY
If you are uncompromising with the high level of service you provide your vehicle, you can be sure that your vehicle will return the favour with being more dependable to get you where you need to go. If you pay a little more attention to a vehicle's vital fluids, oils, and various parts, you can be sure to reduce the internal wear and tear.
3. LOWER COST OF OWNERSHIP
Wait, what? How can I lower my cost of ownership by spending more on maintenance? By performing Routine Maintenance, you can avoid a major malfunction, which can ultimately lower your cost of ownership, as many of the large-scale problems with vehicles can be identified early and prevented.
4. HIGHER RE-SALE VALUE
Most consumers of pre-owned vehicles are adamant about knowing the vehicles service history and invest a great effort in finding a vehicle in great condition and well taken care of. By servicing regularly, and keeping your records organized, you can prove this as well as the fact that your vehicle hasn't had any major problems. If you had two identical vehicles with the same mileage for sale, wouldn't it make sense that the vehicle with a great service history would hold a higher price than the one with poor service?
5. REDUCE POLLUTION
It's no secret that vehicle emissions contribute directly to global pollution, but a vehicle that has been maintained consistently will produce lower amounts of dangerous fumes and fluids that can potentially be released into the air and water supply.
6. REDUCE ROADSIDE EMERGENCIES
There isn't much in this world that is more discouraging than sitting stranded on the side of the road with your vehicle inoperable, especially if you have somewhere important to be or are in the middle of a family vacation. Regular Maintenance ensures that you won't get sidelined in the middle of nowhere, and keeps you from shelling out money for towing, rental cars, or even lodging that you otherwise weren't planning to spend.